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This study, from around 1490, was made by Leonardo da Vinci on silverpoint on prepared paper.
The Duke of Milan, Ludovico “Il Moro” Sforza commissioned in 1482 a magnificent statue of a horse in honor of his father, which would be placed standing guard at the castle. It intended to be the largest equestrian statue in the world. The project was huge and ambitious, so Leonardo started a numerous series of preparatory studies for it. He would go to stables, horse races and fields to analyze their anatomy and movements.
A 24-foot high clay horse was to be made as a model for the final bronze statue, but in 1499, when the French invaded Milan, they destroyed the clay horse, and the studies were lost. All the 80 tons of bronze requested for the statue were used for ballistic material as canons and ammo.
This silverpoint study portrays two profiles of a horse body in a resting position, with a detailed study of chest, leg and neck muscles on top and two lighter sketches of the front leg on the bottom.
It’s possible to observe the deep draughtsmanship at the head of the top horse with its mouth opened and detailed work of volume and shadows using the cross-hatching technique, going deep into the details both on the neck and on the teeth of the horse. In this top portrait, the horse is seen on its side, and the back legs suggest it would be in movement. As the study approaches the edge of the drawing, it gets brighter and less detailed, and the mark making looks lighter and more fluid. Under this sketch, there is a larger sectional study of the top part of the leg, where the muscles of the leg are very detailed with an impressive work of volume.
A side sketch portrays the body of a horse standing steady and facing the viewer from the front. In this sketch, the horse is not moving, but its muscles are contracted and very visible. The left part of this sketch and the bottom part of the chest are more detailed, while the right leg and right side of the horse have a lighter tracing. There is a structure for the neck, but the artist didn’t work all his way up to the head. Likely Leonardo da Vinci was figuring out the anatomy of the muscles on the legs and chest of the animal both moving and in a steady position.
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