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Unlike the full-suit of heavy plate armor employed in most of Europe, which aimed to protect against direct blows, armor from the Islamic territories was built to facilitate mobility as well as comfort in hotter climates. Typically, small plates covered the most vulnerable areas (chest and back, sometimes extremities) while the rest of the body was covered with light mail. Islamic armor's aesthetic style, like that of this 18th century example, often reflected the wearer's religious devotion or nomadic heritage, with gilded, inlaid, or even enameled floral, animal, and calligraphic designs. #museostibbert #stibbertmuseum #firenze #florence #armaturaislamica #islamicarmor #gilded #chainmail #ottomanempire

These colorful outfits originate from the 18th-century Marathan Empire. The color red is symbolic of wealth, power, and grandeur, and illustrates the high-ranking status of those who wore them. #museostibbert #stibbertmuseum #firenze #florence #antiquecostume #red #rosso #ilcolorediforza #powercolor

A case filled with scimitars in a variety of styles from the 16th-19th centuries covers one wall of the Room of the Islamic Cavalcade. #museostibbert #stibbertmuseum #firenze #florence #scimitar

The Room of the Islamic Cavalcade was designed to reflect the aesthetics of the Islamic regions that produced the objects contained within. The stuccoes covering the walls and ceilings, along with the colorful ceramic 'Moorish-style' floor tiles, closely resemble the designs found in Islamic palaces like the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. Frederick Stibbert had a special affinity for Islamic armor, which he collectes throughout his lifetime. The resulting collection contains examples from empires stretching as far as Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. #museostibbert #stibbertmuseum #firenze #florence #armaturaislamica #islamicarmor #aesthetics #moorish #stuccoes

Although his primary focus was collecting arms, armor, and costume, Frederick Stibbert took advantage of oppirtunities to acquire a wide variety of rare objects from all over the world. Tucked under a staircase at the rear of the Room of the Condottiere is a small collection of Egyptian antiquities. #museostibbert #stibbertmuseum #firenze #florence #antichitaegitzie #egyptianartifacts #mummia #mummy #equalopportunitycollector

A rider on horseback serves as the centerpiece of the Room of the Condottiere. The figure, fitted with late-fifteenth-century German armor, was modeled specifically after Paolo Uccello's fresco of John Hawkwood inside Florence's famous Duomo. The ceiling is decorated with the heraldic symbols of the Renaissance city's prominent families. #museostibbert #stibbertmuseum #firenze #florence #armaturatedesco #germanarmor #condottiere #armaturadicavallo #horsearmor #johnhawkwood #artimitatingart

Frederick Stibbert's flamboyant taste is exemplified by the Rococo-style furnishings and decor in the Louis XV Parlor. The most intriguing element of the room, however, is a set of secret passageways - one leading down to what is now the museum 's reception area, and the other up to the rooms holding the museum's extensive Japanese armor collection. (Neither are accessible to the public for safety reasons.) #museostibbert #stibbertmuseum #firenze #florence #louisXV #rococo #passaggiosecreto #secretpassage #intrigue

In a room adjacent to the Malachite Room sits the "Sleeping Venus", a marble statue commissioned by Freserick Stibbert from Sienese sculptor Tito Sarocchi in the mid-late 19th century. #museostibbert #firenze #stibbertmuseum #florence #venereaddormentato #sculturadimarmo #venere #sleepingvenus #venus #marblesculpture #chiaroscuro

The scale pattern and muscular design of this set of ceremonial armor, found in the Malachite Room, was created in the all'antico style popular among Italian armorers during the mid-16th century, which was thought to resemble the armor designs of classical heroes. The embossing process typically made the steel too weak to hold up in actual battle, but would have made a strong impression among parade and tournament audiences. #museostibbert #stibbertmuseum #firenze #florence #16thcenturyarmor #allantico #heroicarmor

The Malachite Room of the Stibbert Museum is home to a number of Renaissance- and mannerist-era portraits of elite Florentines. Stibbert collected them not only because of the prestige of their subjects, but, more importantly, as illustrations of the clothing they wore. Stibbert was infatuated with antique costume, as evidenced by his own extensive personal collection and the diaries documenting his constant study and research on the subject. #museostibbert #stibbertmuseum #firenze #florence #ritratti #portraits #renaissancecostume #theartoffashion

The Malachite Room (so named after the malachite table at its center) was inspired by exhibition spaces like the Uffizi's Tribune Room, where Frederick Stibbert could display an array of treasured objects including 16th century Italian, French, and German armor, a rare Flemish tapestry, and Renaissance-era portraits. The malachite table itself, and its matching fireplace and candelabras originally belonged to Russian industrialist and collector Nikolaj Demidoff. #museostibbert #stibbertmuseum #firenze #florence #malachite #privatecollection #wunderkammer

Museo Stibbert is home to one of the world's most complete and well-preserved private collections of European, Islamic, and Japanese arms and armor, spanning the 16th-18th centuries. The set of 17th century Italian parade armor (far right) was designed to resemble contemporary street clothes, illustrated by the button and flap detail.

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