Jul 14, 2022 - Things to Do

Frist hosts Renaissance knight exhibit

Knight armor on display
Photo: John Schweikert/courtesy of Frist Art Museum, Nashville

A new exhibit that opened this month at the Frist Art Museum is a portal into the high drama of the Renaissance era, complete with full suits of armor, helmets and swords once brandished by knights.

Zoom in: "Knights in Armor" has the makings of an unconventional date night for readers who see love as a battlefield. More than 100 items are on display to offer a window into life as a European knight.

  • Armor designed for children and horses is included, as are items used in jousts.

Between the lines: Armor of the Renaissance age served both as intricate systems of protection and "wearable sculpture," senior curator Trinita Kennedy said in a statement.

  • An art collector began cobbling together the collection in 1859, Kennedy said. It comes to Nashville from a museum in Florence.
  • The collection features armor used throughout Europe, including examples from France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

What to know: The exhibit runs through Oct. 10. Museum tickets are available online or in person.

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