Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse

Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse

Photo by William J. Hebert
Photo by William J. Hebert

Although it is easy to assume that this scale model served as the maquette, or model, for the 8 and 24 foot versions of Nina Akamu's equine masterpiece, it was actually created at the end of the project as a tangible work for the visually impaired. In actuality, the artist created few preparatory works in either two or three dimensional form and instead concentrated on her eight foot master model.  

Nina Akamu. Leonardo da Vinci's Horse (15”), 1999. Bronze, 15 x 17 x 5 inches. Gift of Mark and Mary Beth Meijer. © 2007 DaVinci Discovery Center of Science & Technology.