Before our eyes a battalion of soldiers each of whom equipped in a different way. We know almost nothing about this painting.
It is The Halberdiers, an artwork by the Venetian painter Vittore Carpaccio dating from around the end of the 15th century.
Justin Randolph Thompson analyzes the figure of a soldier standing apart and wearing a bizarre orange headgear thus revealing us the story of a mighty army starting from a simple hat.
In collaboration with: Black History Month Florence