Met Appoints Expert in Princely Armor


Yesterday, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art announced the appointment of Pierre Terjanian as a new curator in its Arms and Armor department—one of the museum’s most popular attractions.

Terjanian, who serves as an associate curator in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Arms and Armor department and as acting head of the museum’s department of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture before 1700, will take up his new post at the Met in October.

The curator has a PhD in History from the Université de Metz. Since starting at the Philadelphia Museum in 1997, Terjanian has reinstalled four arms and armor galleries, overseen rare 16th-century armor acquisitions, and prepared a catalogue of the museum’s arms and armor collection to be published in 2013. His book Princely Armor in the Age of Durer: A Renaissance Masterpiece in the Philadelphia Museum of Art was published in 2012.

This fall marks the centennial of the museum’s Arms and Armor Department. In celebration of the anniversary, an exhibition, “Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department,” will survey the career of the department’s renowned founding curator Bashford Dean. The exhibition which will include period photographs and rare objects such as Gothic armor restored under Dean’s tenure, runs Oct. 2–Sept. 29, 2013.