The Noble Art of the Sword

Fashion and Fencing in Renaissance Europe 1520–1630

Tobias Capwell

The Noble Art of the Sword

Tobias Capwell

Distributed for Paul Holberton Publishing

264 pages | 9 2/4 x 11 3/4
Paper $60.00 ISBN: 9780900785436 Will Publish May 2020 For sale in North America only
Accompanying a major international exhibition at the Wallace Collection, London (17 May – 16 September 2012), this catalogue celebrates this artistic and cultural importance of the sword, as a symbol of power and prestige, as a flamboyant fashion statement and as an icon in the Age of Discovery. It will feature weapons and related works of art from the Wallace Collection as well as other great collections of arms and armor; never-before-seen works on fencing drawn from the library of the 8th Lord Howard de Walden; and portraits, prints and drawings that will help place the Renaissance civilian sword in its social and artistic context. It will also help explore the ancient origins since the first Olympiad of the modern era of 1896, revealing a place in history where art and sport converged.
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