The Armory, castle Ambras, Innsbruck , Austria
On the left picture you can see Ferdinand II‘s wedding armor made specially for his marriage on the 14 of may 1582 with Anna Caterina Gonzaga,Archduchess of Austria. The armor has every detail depicted in the Wedding Festival Book. The lion heads on the shoulders and the hanging flaps are typical features of the armor alla romana – armors made after equipment of the Roman emperors of the antiquity. These armors were first produced in Milan around 1530, and later in other european armor manifacturing cities. This specifical armor is made after the armour of the Trojan hero Aeneas.
The armour in the middle also belonged to Ferdinand II. It was used for the Melée tournaments ,that were popular in the middle ages.
For his two sons, Andreas and Karl , Archiduke Fredinand II had also odered armors. Because they were children of a Morganatic marriage (“In the context of royalty, a morganatic marriage is a marriage between people of unequal social rank, which prevents the passage of the husband’s titles and privileges to the wife and any children born of the marriage” – Wikipedia), the two boys were suspended from the Habsburgian succession. The display of their armors between those of important personalities was intended to compensate for their lack of noble origin.
In the middle of the boys armors is the 2,60 m lancer armor of Bartlmä Bon of Riva from the 16th century. The only fact that’s knows from the life of Bartlmä Bon is that he accompanied Ferdinand’s nephews at the royal tournament in Vienna in 1560.
Ottoman shields, bows, quivers, sabres and burgeons , collected by Ferdinand II during his Turkish campaign in 1556. He was highly fascinated by the precious materials and the excellent technical quality of the Turkish objects. Turkish chambers containing arms, diplomatic presents and purchases were typical for the armories of the European princes.