A rider on a rearing horse trampling a fallen foe (Study for the Sforza Monument) c1490-94

This study of a horse and rider is likely to be an early study for the Sforza Monument. The horse is highly reminiscent of the type of horses seen in the Adoration of the Magi, and various studies of architecture and weapons on the verso confirm a date of c1490.

In this version of the theme, Leonardo has introduced the device of a prostrate foe, perhaps inspired by classical relief sculpture.

  • Medium Metalpoint on blue prepared paper
  • Size 15.1 x 18.8 cm
  • Location The Royal Collection

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