Odilon Redon's Armor

this complicated image stays with me, I saw it a long time ago on a trip to the Met.  in it there is resoluteness . strength . a resignation?  ... the fascination of the spiked helmet ... but also the strange closeness . constriction . of the armor, it gives the drawing a silence.  

can you take on armor without it integrating, becoming a part of your person?, useful but not continuously shielding?

Odilon Redon, Armor, 1891, charcoal and conte crayon, 20x14.5"