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Workshop of Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

Recto: Horses' fore-legs, including one raised and bent. Verso: A sketch of Leonardo, the head of a youth, and a horse’s legs c.1517-18

RCIN 912300

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The horse’s legs are by Leonardo, but an assistant then used the sheet to sketch a smiling youth and a pensive old man with a full beard. Comparison with the portrait of Leonardo at the start of the exhibition, which is close in date, strongly suggests that this too is a depiction of Leonardo, and the only other contemporary likeness of the artist.