Sketches for an equestrian monument
The Royal Collection © 2008,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
RL 12355

Sketches for an equestrian monument

c.1508-10

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

Probably acquired by Charles II, Royal Collection by 1690

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The mercenary commander Gian Giacomo Trivulzio (1440/41-1518) led the French forces in the invasion of Milan in 1499. Some ten years before his death, he seems to have commissioned Leonardo to design an equestrian monument that would serve as his tomb… More