Thursday, April 9, 2020

Variations on a Coat (of Arms)

It's always interesting to see how different artists, different artistic styles, different materials, and even different eras will adapt a coat of arms.

Here, for example, is an older, what one might consider to be a "standard" version of the coat of arms of Heidelberg: Sable a lion rampant or armed langued and crowned gules atop a trimount vert. (Two views, one to help give better context to the image, and then a closer version. As always, you can click on an image to see a larger, more detailed version.)

In the next two images, the finials of two flag/banner poles are basically a shieldless version of the city's coat of arms done in a very modern style, similar to but not quite Art Deco:

It's always a joy to see the ways in which a coat of arms can be modified to conform to changing artistic tastes, to evolve as artistic aesthetics change, so that they can remain relevant and, more importantly, useful.

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