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Festivals of War and Peace: The Evolution of Jousts and Tournaments –

Sun Jun 25th, 2023 at 11:00AM

The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Sunday, June 25, 2023, at 11 am


Free | Advance sign-up required

This event is held via Zoom, but will also be live-streamed in the Getty Center’s Museum Lecture Hall for those who will be on-site that day. Seating is first come, first served.

The Age of Chivalry in Europe (c. 1100–1600) was a time of almost constant warfare, but also of fabulous celebrations and courtly festivals. In tournaments, the grandest of all spectacles, the most powerful noblemen of the time displayed their personal fighting and riding skills whilst clad in the richest armor ever created. Exploring the Getty manuscript known as the “Augsburg Tournament Armor Album,” historian Tobias Capwell discusses its text and images as a gateway into the extraordinary history of these fascinating events.

Following the program, on-site attendees can experience the demonstration Artist-at-Work: Medieval Sword Play at the Getty Center from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tobias Capwell, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA), is a historian, author and curator. He is a leading expert on medieval and Renaissance arms and armor and also a founding member of the modern competitive jousting community. He is the author of numerous books including, most recently, Arms and Armor of the Renaissance Joust (2021) and the three-volume Armour of the English Knight (2015, 2021, 2022).

1200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, CA 90049 (Get Directions)

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