A Rider on a Rearing Horse by Leonardo da Vinci

Depicts a profile view of a rearing horse with a seated rider.


Metalpoint reworked with pen & brown ink on pink-beige paper
11.4 x 11.9 cm
Art Fund grant:
£200,000 ( Total: £1,508,475; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
Trustees of Colonel Norman Colville

Probably a study for a rearing horseman who appears in the background of the painting 'Adoration of the Magi' now in the Uffizi, Florence. His abstracted and dreamlike gaze contrast with the dynamism of the action in the finished work.


Sir Peter Lely; 8th(?) Earl of Pembroke and thence by descent; Sotheby's 1917; Henry Oppenheimer; Christie's 1936; bought by Colnaghi for Captain Norman Colville.

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