The Age of Armor: Treasures from the Higgins Armory Collection at the Worcester Art MuseumJune 23 to October 9, 2023 Jepson Center
From the warriors of ancient Greek legends, to the knights of the Middle Ages, to the superheroes of today’s popular culture, the idea of personal body armor has an enduring hold on the human imagination. Although armor is as old as human civilization and has been used in various forms in societies around the globe, full suits of articulated steel plates were made predominantly in Europe, and only for a brief time in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance period.
Curated from the Worcester Art Museum’s impressive Higgins Armory Collection, this exhibition explores the ways in which armor was used and transformed due to technological innovations and evolving styles of warfare from the Middle Ages to the 17th century. Visitors will discover the different and often surprising stories embedded in these powerful objects — many painstakingly engineered, elegantly designed, and treasured as the expression of their owners’ taste, sophistication, and prowess.
This exhibition was organized by The Worcester Art Museum and is presented by Telfair Museums.
Major funding for Age of Armor and Telfair’s five-year exhibition plan provided by the Littlejohn Family Foundation.
Exhibition funding is provided by Inge Brasseler, Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Jepson Jr., and Dr. and Mrs. William T. Moore.
Annual Exhibition Support by Director’s Council Members: Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson, Anonymous, Mr. and Mrs. Dale C. Critz Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Dale C. Critz Sr., Bob Faircloth, Alice and Bob Jepson, Mr. and Mrs. Angus C. Littlejohn, Wilson Morris, Dave and Sylvaine Neises, Thomas V. and Susan G. Reilly, Cathy and Philip Solomons, Stephen D. Taylor, Don and Cindy Waters, Mrs. Cynthia Willett, Ms. Susan Willetts and Mr. Alan K. Pritz, Dr. Victor L. Andrews, Malcolm and Julia Butler, Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Coker, Jr., Jan and Lawrence Dorman, Dr. and Mrs. William T. Moore, Mr. C.B. Richardson, Carl and Barbara Sassano, Jacqueline and Ken Sirlin, Marti and Austin Sullivan, Gloria and Durwood Almkuist, Kerry and Lillian Breitbart, Leda Chong and Kevin Dewalt, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald J. Gantt, Lindsay and Brent Harlander, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Haynes III, Mr. and Mrs. Doug Johnston, Kelley and Josh Keller, Mrs. Robert O. Levitt, Linda and Tom McWhorter, Courtney and Jay Neely, Mr. and Mrs. J. Herbert Ogden, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. David E. Paddison, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Rabinowitz, Mr. David A. Rea and Ms. Noelle J. Gauthier, Mr. and Mrs. Steven J. Sayer, Ms. Swann Seiler, Mr. and Mrs. Alan Sheriff, and Randall and Valerie Stolt, Pamela L. and Peter S. Voss.