Today, the Arlington Museum of Art announced its fall-winter art exhibition, a stunning homage to the world of the Medieval and Renaissance knight. From the renowned collection of the Museo Stibbert (Stibbert Museum) in Florence, Italy, A Knight’s Tale will feature one hundred and thirty rare objects, including full suits of armor, mounted equestrian figures, helmets, swords, shields, and other weaponry.
A Knight’s Tale opens October 22, 2022 and runs through February 12, 2023. Members of the Arlington Museum of Art will receive free tickets to see the exhibition. The general public will be able to purchase tickets in early September through the museum’s website, arlingtonmuseum.org.
“A Knight’s Tale brings to life the art and customs of tournaments and jousting, the codes of chivalry, and the knight’s iconic sword and armor,” said Chris Hightower, President and CEO of the Arlington Museum of Art. “The Arlington Museum of Art is thrilled to partner with the Stibbert Museum and Contemporanea Progetti to bring this unique exhibition to North Texas.”
The exquisite armaments included in the exhibition range from the Middle Ages and Renaissance through the Medieval Revival of the nineteenth century. A Knight’s Tale comes to the Arlington Museum of Art from the private collection of Frederick Stibbert (1838-1906), an astute and sophisticated financier who dedicated his life to collecting works of art, particularly European armor and weaponry. It is widely believed that the Stibbert Museum holds the best private collection of armory in Europe.
“When something is iconic – like the persona of a medieval knight – you can almost always trace the origin story back to an artist,” said Hightower. “The craftsmanship in A Knight’s Tale showcases the skills of the great metalsmiths of the Middle Ages who brought functionality and beauty to their craft. Knights as icons have stood the test of time because great art stands the test of time.”
A Knight’s Tale will open after the conclusion of the museum’s current exhibition, Disney Art from Private Collections, which opened in June.