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A rearing horse, and a horse's hind leg


RCIN 912315

The drawing is probably a study for Leonardo’s unfinished painting of the Adoration of the Magi, now in the Uffizi, Florence. For the crowded composition Leonardo made many drawings of animals – oxen, asses, horses, and even a camel. This study demonstrates close examination of the anatomy of the horse, with the skin both stretched and bunched over the tensed muscles of the shoulder and neck.

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