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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

A study for an equestrian monument c.1517-18

RCIN 912354

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A study of a horse rearing in profile to the right; with a rider whose right arm is raised above his head to strike at a foe crouching beneath the horse's feet. The group is set upon a triumphal arch, which is vaguely indicated. Towards the end of his life Leonardo made several studies for an equestrian monument, probably in honour of King Francis I of France, at whose court he was then employed. Work on the monument itself seems never to have begun.