Steve Cotler

Steve Cotler

Arms and Armor at Cleveland Museum of Art

Armored Knight on horsebackThe Cleveland Museum of Art is in the midst of a massive renovation, so only a fraction of the collection is currently on display.

But there is still much to see. The Arms and Armor Room is magnificent.  Its many artifacts illustrate the armorer’s craftsmanship, art, and weapons development, as well as the pomp and ego of those who wore and/or showed off the hundreds of pieces.

I spent more than an hour in this single room, marveling at how each advance in weapons technology led to a concomitant upgrade in armor (note how the knight and his horse are Pentagonalmost fully sheathed in metal) until the introduction of firearms canceled out the armored warrior’s advantage.

Our Pentagon is a direct descendant of this “march of progress.”

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