Search results

Start typing

This exhibition is in the past. View our current exhibitions.

An allegory with a dog and an eagle


RCIN 912496

This elaborate drawing was probably executed for the amusement of Leonardo’s employer, Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. In 1494 the foreign policy of Pope Alexander VI had crumbled before the army of King Charles VIII of France, who had marched through Italy to claim the crown of Naples. Sforza duly abandoned an alliance with Alexander and realigned himself with Charles VIII. Here the wolf represents the Pope, piloting the Ship of the Church towards the glorious King of France.
  • watermark:
    Bull's head (identical to 912643) [-]

The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.