The newest exhibition at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, The Age of Armor: Treasures from the Higgins Armory Collection at the Worcester Art Museum, opens on Friday, October 21, 2022. The exhibition will be on view to the public through Sunday, January 22, 2023.
This exhibition celebrates the extraordinary and heroic history of armor. Armor is as old as civilization and has taken many forms and purposes. The idea of the knight in shining armor crosses cultures and can be found in fairy tales, films and computer games. Visitors to the Museum will have the opportunity to view nearly 100 objects from the Higgins Armory Collection at the Worcester Art Museum that explore the reality behind the myth, and its cultural role symbolizing personal identity and social prestige.
“Museums are special places that allow visitors to explore a variety of eras and, in a sense, time travel. The Age of Armor provides an awe-inspiring glimpse into a world that resonates with myths that spark the imagination,” Dr. Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, the George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Museum, said. “This special exhibition from the Higgins Armory Collection at the Worcester Art Museum will allow our community to step back in time and experience expert craftsmanship and explore the most exceptional European arms and armor in existence.”
The classic knightly suit of plate armor was exclusively used in Europe, and only for about 300 years, from the mid-1300s to the mid-1600s — a short time in the span of human history. The exhibition provides visitors a window into how armor came into being, its evolution over time, the methods by which it was made and used, factors contributing to its disappearance, and its enduring traces in our cultural memory.
Simultaneously through December 4, 2022, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens presents “Deborah Roberts: I’m.”