This latest project was part of our Communication brief where I planned to create two life size accurate reconstructions of the breastplate and two shoulder pouldrons of Guidobaldo II Della Rovere's armour, believed to have been made by Fillipo Negroli, 1532-1535.
One set has been made out of fibreglass using metal powders in the gel coat to a polished finish. The backplate, originally missing, has been added to the set and designed based on similar pieces of armour by Filippo Negroli.
The other set has been cast in polyurea with a painted finish in an attempt to replicate the coloured metal and gilding on the detail. I worked from an oil on copper painting of Guidobaldo II Della Rovere pictured with his suit of armour in its original state.
Working from photos of the armour in present time and a single painting from the 1500's, I sculpted the breastplate, backplate and pouldron's in clay onto a mannequin. It was then moulded in a silicone jacket with a fibreglass shell and cast in fibreglass and the other in polyurea.