Art: Arms of Chivalry

Knighthood in all its panoply was on display again last week in Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art. To the delight of youngsters and oldsters alike, the Met's armor collection, second only to the great European collections in Vienna, Madrid and Paris, was back after five years in storage and on loan while the collection's ten galleries and corridors were being renovated. There was no doubt that the armor had been missed; up to 2,800 visitors a day thronged the main, banner-decked central court, to see the pick of an array that ranges from the earliest complete set of Gothic armor to...

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