Study for an equestrian monument (recto)

Leonardo da Vincic.1485 - c.1490

Royal Collection Trust, UK

Royal Collection Trust, UK
London, United Kingdom

Recto: a study of a nude figure on a horse, rearing in profile to the left. A prostrate foe lies beneath the horse's raised fore-feet. In the years around 1490 Leonardo made many studies of horses, in preparation for a projected equestrian monument to Francesco Sforza, the former Duke of Milan. In this early study for the monument the rearing horse is supported by a cowering soldier, a complicated pose which Leonardo later abandoned.


  • Title: Study for an equestrian monument (recto)
  • Creator: Leonardo da Vinci
  • Date Created: c.1485 - c.1490
  • Physical Dimensions: w188 x h152 mm
  • Type: Prints & drawings
  • Rights: Supplied by Royal Collection Trust / (c) HM Queen Elizabeth II 2012
  • External Link: http://www.rct.uk/collection/912358
  • Medium: Recto: Metalpoint on blue prepared paper. Verso: Pen and ink
  • Support: paper
  • Provenance: Bequeathed to Francesco Melzi; from whose heirs purchased by Pompeo Leoni, c.1582-90; Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Arundel, by 1630; Probably acquired by Charles II; Royal Collection by 1690

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