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Lecture: Fantasies in Steel: The Age of Armor with Jeffrey L. Forgeng

Apr 09, 6:00 PM–7:00 PM

John L. Santikos Auditorium

Ticket Price: $5.00

Ticket Price Members: Free


Armor has a perennial draw on the human imagination. It was mythologized by the cultures that produced it, and it remains a vibrant part of modern mythologies through stories, cinema, and digital games. But what about the realities behind the myth? Who made the armor, who wore it, how well did it work, and how did it come to be in San Antonio half a millennium later? Join Jeffrey L. Forgeng, curator of The Age of Armor, as he takes you on a  journey through highlights of the exhibition and the centuries of human stories forged into the steel of these objects.



Jeffrey L. Forgeng, the Higgins Curator of Arms & Armor and Medieval Art at the Worcester Art Museum, has been responsible for the Higgins Collection since 1999. His nationally touring exhibitions have included The Age of Armor; A Double-Edged Weapon: The Sword as Icon and Artifact; and “Now Thrive the Armourers”: Arms and Armor in Shakespeare. He is currently developing WAM’s permanent arms and armor gallery. Forgeng is the author of over a dozen books, including The Medieval Art of Swordsmanship: Royal Armouries Manuscript I.33; Pietro Monte’s Collectanea: The Arms, Armour, and Fighting Techniques of a Fifteenth-Century Soldier; and The Book of Horsemanship by Duarte I of Portugal.

Lectures and Artist Conversations are made possible by generous support from the Louis A. and Frances B. Wagner lecture fund.

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