Spanish ceremonial armor exhibit in Washington D.C.

Pennsic attendees may want to take a side trip to Washington D.C. to view an exhibit of Spanish art and ceremonial armor. The Art of Power: Royal Armor and Portraits From Imperial Spain will be on display at the National Gallery of Art through November 1, 2009. (photos)

The armor in the exhibit is on loan from the Royal Armory in Madrid, one of the oldest and greatest repositories of armor in the world. It includes "full suits as well as helmets, shields, swords and pieces for horses." Interspersed with the armor in the exhibit are official portraits of Spanish kings, often wearing the pieces on display.