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File this under "fancy gifts from grandpa I never use" 🥴 ️ In 1512 Maximilian I ordered this astonishing armor to be made as a gift for his 12-year-old grandson Charles V. Alas, the suit took years to create, and it's likely Charles outgrew it by the time it was complete. Reflecting the high status of its wearer, the suit is adorned with gilded silver bands fretted with the X-shaped cross of Saint Andrew and the badges of the Order of the Golden Fleece, of which Charles had just become the sovereign. 👑 You have just ☝️ month left to see this and more in "The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I,” closing January 5, 2020. ⚔️ Conrad Seusenhofer (Austrian, died 1517). Ceremonial Armor of Charles V, ca. 1512–14. Steel, silver, gold, copper alloy, textile, leather. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Imperial Armoury. On view in Gallery 899. #TheMet #MetLastKnight @metarmsandarmor
The German armor of Maximilian I is particularly breathtaking for a couple of reasons including 1 - The armor is made of luxurious materials including real gold and features incredible detail and 2 - it was made for a 12-year-old! He would eventually outgrow this armor but for this type of armor to be made for a 12-year-old just goes to show you how wealthy and powerful the Emperor really was at the time.