Focus on the objects of the exhibition, part 1: The Agrippa cabinet

Learn more about one of the highlight of the exhibition by listening to Iason-Elfetherios Tzouriadis, one of the 3 curators of the exhibition.

Have a look to the detailed pictures of the object below.

Iason Tzouriadis, one of the curators of the exhibition on European martial arts in the 2nd European Games Minsk 2019, presents one of the treasures of the exhibition: a transformable cabinet decorated with scenes from the treatise of the fencing master Camillo Agrippa.

Cabinet (chest of drawers - cabinet transformable into a desk of the type ‘canterano’), Lombardy, 1590-1630. Wood, briar, metal. 1439 x 1120 x 610 mm. This cabinet from a noble Milanese family is connected to the figure of the master Camillo Agrippa and his treatise. The four drawers’ decoration matches the images from his fight book.

One of the pages from Camillo Agrippa’s “Trattato di scienza d’arme”. Rome, Antonio Blado, 1553. The page is pricked and dusted with tracing powder revealing the outline underneath as a preparatory step for the decoration of the wood.

Details of the cabinet (chest of drawers - cabinet transformable into a desk of the type ‘canterano’), Lombardy, 1590-1630. Wood, briar, metal. 1439 x 1120 x 610 mm.

For more information, see the Exhibition catalogue, p. 79 et sequitur.