Leonardo da Vinci's Horse
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1957
Ottawa, Canada616 contributions
Oct 2022
Part of our City Sightseeing Bus tour , we saw this wonderful horse of Leonardo da Vinci, it’s an equestrian masterpiece . The horse statue is huge and being black, you can’t miss it. Wish we had time and the racetrack was open, I would have loved to visit more.
Written 13 October 2022
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Rosalind A
Dingle Peninsula, Ireland8 contributions
Sep 2022
We were staying downtown near the Duomo and took a taxi to see Leonard's Horse. It was a Sunday so the cafe/shop at the racetrack where the Horse is located was closed. It did not matter. The Horse is not to be missed. It is huge and magnificent and a joy to behold. You can read about its history on Wikipedia. But mainly - make sure you see it. We actually walked back from the Horse to the Duomo area and it was a relatively easy walk - maybe a half hour. I hated to leave this glorious statue and was grateful to have learned about it in a Rick Steves book.
Written 14 September 2022
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy25,874 contributions
Jan 2021 • Solo
Nowhere you can see a perfect example of equestrian horse like this, made by Americans benefactors who realized the horse designed by the genius Leonardo Da Vinci.
Came here to see it and to read the incredible stories about the realization of this magnificent horse perfectly described in the little museum.
Written 11 January 2021
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy25,874 contributions
Nov 2019
Wonderful horse of Leonardo da Vinci, must see.
His story is very strange.
The study for the realization of this equestrian masterpiece began in 1482, when Ludovico il Moro, Duke of Milan, proposed to Leonardo to build the largest equestrian statue in the world. In 1493, the first design was modified and another design like this was implemented and displayed.
A clay copy was also shown publicly.
Everything was ready but the 100 tons of bronze, necessary to make the statue, were not available due to the merger of several cannons useful for the defense of the Este duchy.
In 1499, French troops arrived in Milan, which used it as a target - shot (idiots) and destroyed it.
Thanks to the American Charles Dent, art collector, enthusiastic about the idea of ​​realizing Leonardo's dream, we can see this majestic work. He managed to build the company for fifteen years at a cost of $ 2.5 million, he died before seeing the horse completed. Another American, Frederik Meijer, continued to finance the project, which eventually materialized
He was placed in this position in 1999.
I understand that a horse is doing well in front of the Milan racecouse, but only idiots like the French in 1499 did not understand that it was a job to be placed in a central area of ​​the city
Written 30 November 2019
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Joao carlos
Sao Paulo, SP44 contributions
Jul 2019
It was amazing to visit this magnificent Statue of the Horse Da Vinci was supposed to build to render a tribute to Sforza's father. Unfortunately at that moment the material to construct the horse was used as cannon's balls to fight against France invasion. Centuries after that an American begun to finish Leonardo's Idea and that was finally acomplished by a Japanese. Sayonara !! Leave the touristic beaten path and check out this Statue. It is gigantic!!
Written 18 November 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK165,935 contributions
Oct 2019
This is an incredible exhibition realising Leonardo da Vinci's vision of an equestrian sculpture of Duke of Milan Ludovico il Moro. The exhibition has a video of the historical context of the sculpture. The commentary is in Italian, with English subtitles.

The actual sculpture of the horse is truly monumental in scale, getting a selfie with that was woth the journey alone.
Written 4 November 2019
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Stephen W
Kingston, Canada13 contributions
Sep 2019
Impressive, informative, and powerful sculpture. But the background information was a bonus. Even non horse or non art lovers will be impressed. We did get confused trying to find the location and almost stopped looking. Make sure you understand directions first.
Written 27 September 2019
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy25,874 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
A magnificent example of an equestrian statue born from the brilliant Leonardo.
The study for the realization of this equestrian masterpiece began in 1482, when Ludovico il Moro, Duke of Milan, proposed to Leonardo to build the largest equestrian statue in the world. In 1493, the first drawing was modified and another drawing like this was made and exposed.
There was also made a clay copy publicly displayed.
Everything was ready but the 100 tons of bronze, necessary to make the statue, were not available due to the fusion of several cannons useful for the defense of the duchy of Este.
In 1499, the French troops arrived in Milan, who used it as a target-shooting (idiots) and destroyed it.
Thanks to the American Charles Dent, art collector, who was enthusiastic about the idea of ​​realizing Leonardo's dream, we can see this majestic work. He succeeded in building the company for fifteen years at a cost of 2.5 million dollars, he died before seeing the horse completed. Another American, Frederik Meijer, continued to finance the project, which finally came to fruition
He was placed in this position in 1999.
I understand that a horse is doing well in front of the Milan trotter, but only idiots like the French in 1499 did not come to understand that this was a work to be placed in a central area of ​​the city
Written 30 June 2019
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RLH1955
Denver, CO283 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We came up on the subway from the tourist center on a lark and really enjoyed the statue. The entire story is great too. It is a short walk from the Subway stop, and if you go re-orient yourself or you'll head the wrong way!
Written 3 June 2019
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Harry R
Overland Park, KS702 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Had I not taken a picture of it I would have completely forgotten I had seen it. It was the very first stop on our way from the Malpensa airport to the city center. Our driver seemed to think it was worth stopping at. But honestly, after visiting Florence, Rome, Sorrento, the Tuscany region, and other places, this really was the least impressive part of the trip. I certainly would not go out of my way to see it unless you are staying several days in Milan.
Written 17 April 2019
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