Studies of Breastplates and Helmets
  • Georg Philipp Rugendas
  • Augsburg 1701 - 1774
  • Studies of Breastplates and Helmets, 1707
  • Black chalk, brown wash, on laid paper,
  • signed and dated with pen and brown ink lower right:
    G.P. Rug. invenit et fecit / 1707
  • 198 × 323 mm

After training under Isaak Fisches in Augsburg, Philipp Rugendas moved to Vienna for further study in 1690, subsequently travelling on to Rome via Venice. Only in 1695 did he return to his hometown to found a studio.

Rugendas soon specialised in scenes from the lifes of soldiers as well as large battle panoramas. The study shown here, of discarded breastplates and helmets in different groupings and degrees of shadow, was made in this context, probably as a source for one of his popular camp scenes with mercenaries during a break in the fighting.