Galleass (super war galley)
Bronzino (Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano) (1503–1572)
Cosimo de Medici in Armour
Oil on panel
76.5 x 59 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Siege Armour of William Somerset, 3rd Earl of Worcester dated to 1575 on display at the Royal Armouries in the Tower of London
This armour was made in the workshops in Greenwich who during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I took commissions from gentlemen at court. Ornate armour such as this was highly popular and extremely expensive as the armourers treated the steel to colour it blue, purple, dark red or brown. The dark purple colour of this armour was sadly destroyed due to over cleaning.
Suits of armour imitated the fashions of the day with the cuirass mimicking a mans doublet (jacket) and the tassets (thigh protection) open to show off the wearers breaches.
When assembled together it weighs 59kg (130lbs), one of the heaviest suits of armour in the world.
Photographs taken by myself