THE STORY OF HORSE AND RIDER
Among his most famous paintings from this time are The Adoration of the Magi and The Last Supper. Leonardo also fills more than 13,000 notebook pages with conceptual sketches on everything from anatomy to shoes for walking on water.
After Leonardo’s death in 1519 his friend and protégé Francesco Melzi inherited all of drawings, manuscripts and unfinished works and took them back to the family estate in Milan. When in the Sangiorgi Collection in Rome in the early 1900s, Leonardo’s wax model was formerly recorded as part of the Melzi de Cusano Family in Milan.
The photos reveal damage to the rider and horse, as well as general deterioration. Almost 500 years since its creation, time has taken a toll on the original beeswax art. The sculpture is missing the hands and feet of the rider as well as one leg and the ears of the horse. The beeswax is rapidly deteriorating.