A Parade Shield, c. 1580 - 90

2301 v2
2301 4

Item ref: 2301

  • Northern Italian
  • Steel
  • 58 cm / 23 in


Private collection, France
Private collection, USA

The etched designs on the outside surface of this Italian shield create the illusion of embossed relief work, in imitation of this expensive practice for which the leading armour makers of Milan were famed in the sixteenth century.

The decoration as a whole is a type attributed by earlier modern scholars of armour to the north Italian city of Pisa, although it is now known to be a style of etching produced throughout the region.

While the use of a shield was limited by the late sixteenth century to heightening the magnificent appearance of its owner in parades, his armour – still used on the battlefield – would have been etched in a style that exactly matched his shield.