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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

A masquerader as a lansquenet c.1517-18

RCIN 912575

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The elderly Leonardo travelled to France in 1516. His work for King Francis I included the provision of costume designs for court masques. This example shows a masquerader in the showy dress of a mercenary soldier, and may have been made for the entertainment at Romorantin in January 1518, held in honour of Federico Gonzaga of Mantua.