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Horses and other animals Facsimile Edition

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Executed in several different media, the 91 drawings in this series broadly – and sometimes whimsically – cover the animal kingdom, including studies of dogs, cats, oxen and asses, as well as grotesque animals and dragons. This edition, however, is aimed at conveying the particular fascination that horses have always held for Leonardo. In about 1630, the bulk of what remained from Leonardo’s original studies on the horse entered the collection of Charles I of England.

That extraordinary collection became known to scholars when the first exhibition of a selection of the drawings was organised in London in 1878. At the turn of the century, the first facsimiles began to appear, but it was only in 1935 that Kenneth Clark published his definitive catalogue of the entire Leonardo collection at Windsor Castle.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Horses and other animals": Cavalli e altri animali facsimile edition, published by Giunti Editore, 1984

Cavalli e altri animali

Florence: Giunti Editore, 1984

  • Commentary (English, Italian) by Pedretti, Carlo
  • Limited Edition: 350 copies
  • This facsimile is complete (full-size color reproduction of the whole original document).

Half leather-bound box (size 330 x 480 mm) with gold tooling, containing 85 plates with facsimile reproductions of 91 drawings, recto and verso, and a 232-page volume of text bound in half leather with gold tooling on the spine.

The catalogue, edited by Carlo Pedretti, places each drawing within the context of Leonardo’s work, and analyses their method of execution in detail.

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