The exceptional nucleus of armour, helmets and accessories of the Koelliker collection in Milan. The war-garments of the Samurai – the powerful military caste that ruled Japan for seven centuries – were always considered, even in peacetime, an important sign of authority and of social condition, leading to the creation of armour of amazing beauty, enriched by superbly crafted ornaments. The presence of these works is especially significant, since they are in keeping with Mariano Fortuny’s tastes; his collections also included ancient oriental weapons, with particular attention to Japanese art.
Curated by Giuseppe Piva, the exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Fondazione Mazzotta and the Town Council of Milan. Catalogue Mazzotta.