Leonardo da Vinci's Horse, Milan

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Leonardo's Horse is a sculpture that was commissioned of Leonardo da Vinci in 1482 by Duke of Milan Ludovico il Moro, but not completed. It was intended to be the largest equestrian statue in the world, a monument to the duke's father Francesco. Leonardo did extensive preparatory work for it, but produced only a clay model, which was destroyed by French soldiers when they invaded Milan in 1499, interrupting the project. About five centuries later, Leonardo's surviving design materials were used as the basis for sculptures intended to bring the project to fruition.The Horse (modern version)In 1977, Charles C. Dent, a United Airlines pilot, began work to complete the unfinished sculpture in Allentown, Pennsylvania. His efforts to set up an organization to finance the project proved a difficult task that required more than 15 years. He founded a nonprofit organization named Leonardo da Vinci's Horse, Inc. (LDVHI) to support the project.Dent's projected cost for the horse came to nearly US $2.5 million. In 1988, LDVHI enlisted sculptor/painter Garth Herrick to begin part-time work on the horse. Dent died of Lou Gehrig's disease on December 25, 1994, leaving his private art collection to LDVHI, the sale of which brought more than $1 million to the fund. Peter C. Dent, his nephew, took on leadership of LDVHI, serving as the organization’s President, CEO, and Trustee.By 1997, Tallix Art Foundry, in Beacon, New York, the company contracted by LDVHI to cast the horse, had suggested bringing Nina Akamu, an experienced animal sculptor, on board to improve upon the Dent-Herrick horse. After several months. Nina Akamu determined that the original model could not be salvaged and concluded that a completely new sculpture needed to be executed.
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  • Wonderful horse of Leonardo da Vinci, must see. His story is very strange. The study for the realization of this equestrian masterpiece began in 1482, when Ludovico il Moro, Duke of Milan, proposed...  more »
  • It was amazing to visit this magnificent Statue of the Horse Da Vinci was supposed to build to render a tribute to Sforza's father. Unfortunately at that moment the material to construct the horse...  more »
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  • Three years since my girlfriend and I were in Milan, and 'the Horse above all horses' is what we talk most often about from our trip🐎 It's amazing!
  • Just stopped to see the horse sculpture which was based on Leonardo's research, sketches and clay model. Excellent and well worth the stop.

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