About the Period
The Renaissance was an intellectual movement characterized by an increased interest in Classical learning and values, which began in Italy in the 14th century and culminated in the 16th. This cultural rebirth profoundly affected European intellectual life, influencing literature, philosophy, art, music, politics, science, and religion. The artistic movement is characterized by a trend towards realism—a search for the perfect form and the development of liner perspective and techniques to render light and shadow more naturally.
Leonardo da Vinci has long been recognized as a master draughtsman of the horse, in all its glorious graceful movement and tremendous animal power. Renaissance painters and sculptors worked in ateliers with students, apprentices, and trained artists at hand. The walls of their workshops were filled with plaster casts of classic sculpture and models of human and animal figures. Our highly-expressive fully articulated wooden horse—a handsome sculpture in its own right—allows the beginning, as well as the accomplished, artist to create endless poses to master the form of this magnificent creature.
- Approximately 14.5 x 13.5 x 3.3 inches fully extended; base 10.5 inches
- Hand carved from solid non-endangered hardwood; distressed French finish
- Joints fastened with wood pins
- Genuine horse hair tail
- Mounted on brass supports and a solid wood base