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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

Designs for an equestrian monument c.1517-18

RCIN 912360

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Leonardo planned a third equestrian monument during his last years in France, probably to honour King Francis I. As with his earlier Sforza and Trivulzio monuments, Leonardo considered both a rearing and a walking pose for the horse. But he seems not to have attempted large-scale or physically demanding work in later life, and he did not put his mind to the practicalities of modelling or casting this sculpture.