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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sforza Monument Leonardo's Horse

The Sforza Monument was to be the largest equestrian statue in the world but was never cast.

Sforza Monument Leonardo's Horse, Nagoya.

Designed by Leonardo da Vinci, the huge bronze statue was to depict Francisco Sforza, the duke of Milan, and was commissioned by his son Ludovico. The clay model of the statue was destroyed by invading French troops in 1499 and the project was never realized.

Sforza Monument Leonardo's Horse.

However a modern fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) version of the statue can be seen outside the main entrance of Nagoya Congress Center.

This statue is 8.3m in height, 3.6m in width and 8.8m in length and was created from original drawings by Prof. Hidemichi Tanaka of Tohoku University.

Sforza Monument Leonardo's Horse, Nagoya, Aichi.

Another casting of the horse was made in the USA and two statues made from the cast by the Japanese-American sculptor Nina Akamu are at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Michigan while the other was taken back to Milan and stands at the Hippodrome in San Siro.

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