Medieval armor as cubism?

Do a search for “cubism” on the Art Institute of Chicago’s website. You’ll get about 400 results. At the very end of the list are some curious items. Medieval armor.

Cubism occurred in the early 20th century. How can 16th century steel works be listed under a search for cubism?

Three works of armor appear, all have in common the word “Cuisse” in their title, which sounds very similar to “cubism”. Hence, the search results tossing in the Cuisse items at the end of the Cubism results.

It’s fascinating to consider these armor pieces under the cubism lens:

  • The strong lines.
  • The slight abstraction of form.
  • Taking pieces of the body and making them into geometric shapes.

All qualities of Cubism.

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