A masquerader on horseback
The Royal Collection © 2012,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
RL 12574

A masquerader on horseback


Leonardo da Vinci

Probably acquired by Charles II; Royal Collection by 1690

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Dances, tournaments, masques and plays were staples of court life throughout Europe during the Renaissance. Major artists were often engaged to design settings and costumes for these, and Leonardo produced stage-sets and costumes, from simple masks to full-length robes, on several occasions during his career. More