Lecture | The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I

Join Pierre Terjanian, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s fall exhibition, The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I, that examines the profound significance of European armor at the dawn of the Renaissance, through the lens of Emperor Maximilian I's (1459–1519) remarkable life.

On view only at The Met, The Last Knight will coincide with the 500th anniversary of Maximilian's death, and is the most ambitious North American loan exhibition of European arms and armor in decades. The exhibition explores how Maximilian's unparalleled passion for the trappings and ideals of knighthood served his boundless worldly ambitions, imaginative stratagems, and resolute efforts to forge a lasting personal and family legacy.

Terjanian, a specialist in northern European armor, will discuss key themes of the exhibition in this lecture and share some of the discoveries made over the course of its preparation.

 

 

Images: (left)  Field Armor of Maximilian I, 1479–80, Lorenz Helmschmid, active 1467-1516 German (Augsburg) Sallet: private collection, New York; all other elements of the armor: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Imperial Armoury. (right) Ceremonial Armor of Charles V, 1512-1514, Conrad Seusenhofer active 1500-1517 Austrian and German, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Imperial Armoury.