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‘Knights!’ at the Worcester Art Museum

A frontplate of a ceremonial gorget, an Italian boarding sword, a German shaffron, and a Japanese helmet in the form of a sea conch shell.

Worcester Art Museum

Clockwise from top left: A frontplate of a ceremonial gorget, an Italian boarding sword, a German shaffron, and a Japanese helmet in the form of a sea conch shell.

WORCESTER — Perhaps you’ve seen the Worcester Art Museum’s highly regarded collection of European Renaissance art. And you may have seen the extensive collection of arms and armor at the Higgins Armory Museum before it closed in December. “Knights!” at the Worcester Art Museum is the first opportunity to see pieces from the Higgins’s collection in their new home displayed alongside art that illuminates the social and cultural context in which these martial items were used.

The exhibition includes more than 100 objects from the Higgins organized into five categories: Courtly Pursuits, the Dance of Love and War, Knights of the Round Table, the Arc de Triomphe, and Good + Evil. That last section invites viewers to compare wars of the past with those of the present, drawing on information about real-time conflicts from The Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. The exhibit is the first step in the long-term integration of objects from the Higgins into the WAM’s permanent collection.

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WORCESTER ART MUSEUM   55 Salisbury St., 508-799-4406, www.worcesterart.org. Adults $14, seniors and college students $12, ages 4-17 $6, under 4 free, and free to all the first Saturday of each month 10 a.m.-noon.

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