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Medieval Armor at the Denver Art Museum

Updated: Jun 9, 2022

Photo by Nik Shuliahin on Unsplash.
Photo by Nik Shuliahin on Unsplash.

Colorado has a plethora of museums. Perhaps the most well known is the Denver Art Museum. The museum’s global art collections represent cultures around the world, with more than 70,000 works of art in 12 collections. These come in the form of modern art, contemporary art, photography, textile art and much more. The museum’s global collections also reflect work by artists from all over Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, providing ways for the community to learn and grow. Continue reading for more information on one of the biggest installations on display at the Denver Art Museum right now.

The Age of Armor

The current gem of the Denver Art Museum is called the Age of Armor. This exhibit aims to examine the historical context of armor and the functions it served through the ages. The ideological sentiments concerning armor is also explored in this educational and fun installation. Visitors will see the way that armor has changed from the Middle Ages to the modern era. The pieces on display are loaned from the John Woodman Higgins Collection at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts. This Collection is the second largest arms and armor collection in the country with over 1,500 objects from everywhere from ancient Egypt to nineteenth-century Japan.

The Denver Art Museum is borrowing around 80 pieces from the Higgins Collection, which will be on display alongside several pieces from the Denver Art Museum's own collection. "Works from numerous departments were selected to explore ideas more deeply and connect the exhibition to the modern era. These works will encourage visitors to consider how the legacy of armor and the cultural meanings it reflects have endured through time, influencing modern artwork, and, in some cases, challenging traditional histories and ideals." The Age of Armor exhibit began May 15th and will continue to be on display through September 5th, so there's plenty of time for you to schedule your visit.

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