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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

A rearing horse, and a horse's hind leg c.1480

RCIN 912315

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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.