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Horses and Other Animals (Collection) 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 (Collection)": The drawings and miscellaneous papers of Leonardo da Vinci in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle / Horses and other animals. facsimile edition, published by Johnson Reprint, 1987

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Manuscript book description compiled by the publisher.

The drawings and miscellaneous papers of Leonardo da Vinci in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle / Horses and other animals.

London: Johnson Reprint, 1987

  • Commentary (English, Italian) by Pedretti, Carlo
  • Limited Edition: 350 copies
  • Collection: a selection of documents associated by a common thread and collected by the publisher in a single edition.

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.

Horses and other animals is the second volume of the collection "The drawings and miscellaneous papers of Leonardo da Vinci in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle". Landscapes, plants and water studies is the first volume.

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