Braccio Fortebracci’s Coat of Arms

stemma braccio da montoneFrom the site Montonein.it

The Coat of Arms, following the nobility outlines, is composed by a german-shaped shield, entirely yellow. In the middle, a ram, symbol of Montone, birth place of Braccio Fortebracci’s family.

At the top of the Coat of Arms, representing the noble status, a silver helmet, bordered by gold leaf at its bottom. In profile to the right, shaped as a sparrow beak and has a curlicue of acanthus leafs.

Those leafs were a precise symbol in the Greek and Roman art.

In the Greek art those leafs were used to adorn the Corinthian capitals and, for their symbology of prestige and wellness, they were used as decorations for the Coats of Arms.

Above the helmet, a golden leopard, symbol of Braccio Fortebracci’s dominion, indicates the fighting spirit and the military and political power of the Captain.

Brief history of the Coats of Arms

The Coats of Arms spread with the Crusades when the Lords, far away from its properties and confused with the crusaders, felt the necessity of a recognizing symbol. Each lord chose a color and a symbol, establishing a way of identification, exclusive privilege of the family owner of the Coat of Arms. The Coat of Arms is composed by: the shield, the background where are represented the figures and decorations, crowns and helmets, and nobility inherited ornamentations.