Thursday, February 7, 2013

This is a stunning ceremonial parade helmet created for the Archduke Ferdinand II by the Milanese studio of Filippo Negroli, a 16th century armorer. I could easily envision such an ornate helmet as part of a Knight image in a Renaissance inspired Tarot deck. While the design and theme variations on the Tarot deck are boundless, the more traditional imagery remains the most evocative and meaningful for me.

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