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Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

The chest and hindquarters of a horse c.1517-18

RCIN 912303

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In 1516 Leonardo moved from Rome to the court of the young French king, Francis I, in the Loire valley. He seems to have started work on a project for another equestrian monument, probably to the king himself. Once more, Leonardo began a systematic study of the external form of the horse. These drawings of the animal’s front and rear are reminiscent of the studies for the Sforza monument of thirty years earlier.