(b. 1452, Vinci, d. 1519, Cloux, near Amboise)

Rearing horse

Red chalk and pencil, 153 x 142 mm
Royal Library, Windsor

The rearing horse was produced in the context of the first designs for the main scene in the Battle of Anghiari in the two Venice sheets. It is an individual study that unites various nature studies of a rearing horse in order to achieve an expressive posture. The impression of movement is created by means of the sequence of forms that are composed of a mixture of roughly sketched head postures and the barest indication of the presence of a rider.