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Of Arms and Men: Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan, 1912-2012

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Pages: 48
  • Illustrations: Full color throughout
  • Dimensions: 8 1/2'' x 11''
  • Format: Paperback
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By Stuart W. Phyrr

Arms and armor have been an integral part of the Metropolitan's collection since the end of the nineteenth century, and they remain one of our most impressive and popular displays. Numbering today more than 14,000 objects, the Museum's holdings approach encyclopedic scope, encompassing examples from Europe, North America, Asia, and the Middle East and covering a period of 1,500 years, from about A.D. 400 to 1900. The collection is overseen by the Department of Arms and Armor, the only specialized curatorial department of its kind in an American museum and one of the few in the world. In the Fall of 2012 the department celebrates its centennial, a historic moment that provides the occasion for this Bulletin, which tells the story of the creation and growth of the department and the acquisition of stellar objects of artistic merit and historical importance.

Of Arms and Men provides an opportunity to look more deeply at one of the Metropolitan's oldest and most distinctive departments. Its author, Stuart W. Phyrr, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Curator in Charge of Arms and Armor, has been on the staff for thirty-five years and department head for more than two decades. Under his guidance the collection has seen its most substantial growth since the 1930s.

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