The Budapest Horse: A Leonardo da Vinci Puzzle

The 'Rearing Horse and Mounted Warrior,' a bronze statuette from the Museum of Fine Arts (Szépmúvészeti Múzeum), Budapest, is the focus of recent technical examinations by National Gallery of Art conservators and is also the centerpiece of a small exhibition, 'The Budapest Horse: A Leonardo da Vinci Puzzle.' On view from July 3 through September 7, 2009, in the Gallery's West Building Sculpture Galleries, the intriguing work is joined by two additional bronze horses and two warriors associated with Leonardo da Vinci from international collections, along with two Renaissance bronze horses by known masters for comparison. Illustrative panels present evidence related to the works' origins, including reproductions of drawings by Leonardo, x-radiographs, and computer models.
Released: June 30, 2009