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Arms, Armor, Medieval, and Renaissance

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Jacob Halder. Portions of a Field Armor, 1588/1590. George F. Harding Collection.

The Art Institute houses a comprehensive collection of medieval art made in Europe over a period of 500 years, featuring both religious works and objects of daily use in a variety of media—painting, sculpture, luxury metalwork, stained glass, textiles, and manuscript illumination. Major collections of arms and armor, jewelry, ceramics, and tapestries, along with paintings and sculpture, vividly demonstrate the ceremony of life in the Renaissance era in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands. Nearly 700 objects from the museum’s rich holdings of art from 1200 to 1600 can be seen on display in the Deering Family Galleries of Medieval and Renaissance Art, Arms, and Armor.

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