Tournament Armor of Archduke Charles II of Austria

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The Cleveland Museum of Art has an armor court.  This is because Cleveland, at the time the museum was built, was a steel town.  The museum wanted to honor the city by celebrating art in steel.

The young boys in my class didn’t mind trips to the art museum because they got to visit the armor court.  In fact, one guy was pissed during a visit to the National Gallery in DC to discover that the National Gallery doesn’t have an armor court!  (Yes, the National Gallery in DC has a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, but it’s a pretty ugly painting.)

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