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Leonardo — Picasso
420 years of horses just like a night-watch ?
Leonardo da Vinci and his Circle in the American Collections, The Drawings of. Corpus of 216 drawings on
81 ( 5 double full-page) facsimile-plates
(17¾ × 12⅜ in [45 × 31.5 cm], unbound) + catalog volume (in English, worked by Patricia Trutty-Coohill, 115 pp., 17 ills., orig. wrappers). Ed. by Carlo Pedretti. Dark-brown orig. leather Solander box with ornamental raised bands and gilt stamped back-title.
EDIZIONE NAZIONALE. – One and only edition limited worldwide to 998 copies. – Titles in red & black.
THE AMERICA CORPUS
of the autograph (15 + 4 ascribed) drawings
and the circle about Leonardo together with latest exercises by Rembrandt and Degas, chiefly published here for the first time, among them then also
the complete series of the 104 caricatures of the Spencer Collection
made in the 16th century directly from Leonardo’s originals, mostly lost, and therefore first-hand documents for the study of the complex problem of Leonardo’s preoccupation with physiognomy at the time of his studies for the Last Supper (1495/97) :
(Manteo Bandello, nephew of the prior of the cloister for which Leonardo worked it, as eyewitness, quoted after Jack Wasserman, Leonardo da Vinci, Cologne 1990, p. 92).
The actual surprise
is the only 4¾ × 3⅛ in (12 × 8 cm) small autograph 1481 drawing of the
trotting horse with rider’s nude
formerly with the Brown Collection and in 2001 a million heavy market spectacle. And that less as the perhaps unintentionally earliest representation of a poloist as rather in respect of its characteristic as
astonishing model for Picasso’s
works in connection with a horse-pond of an immense broadsize as considered, but realized only by an oil sketch and the etching l’Abreuvoir of 1904/06 (Bloch 8; Geiser + Baer 10). At which the latter interesting here only as far as it combines those works.
At first sight just forcing itself then the at least intellectual emulation in the nearly 2 m high monumental oil
“ Boy Leading a Horse ”
of 1905/06 (Paley benefaction in the Museum of Modern Art, NY) as in both cases melting horse and nude into one another at the same posture and exercise of the former in each case. See hereto also Picasso’s preparatory sepia drawing Horse Leader of 1905 (Boeck, Picasso Zeichnungen, Cologne 1973, pp. 10 f. + ills. 10).
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