LAS VEGAS, Jan. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The only sculpture to exist today from the hand of Leonardo da Vinci has been returned to its Las Vegas home after a successful showing in Milan. The bronze artwork dubbed 'Horse and Rider' finished a 30 day exhibit at the famed Palazzo delle Stelline, only steps from the Santa Maria delle Grazie Cathedral, home of da Vinci's, The Last Supper.
"This magnificent model, originally sculpted from beeswax, returned to Milan where Leonardo created it in 1508," stated Rod Maly, co-owner of the art. "It was exciting to publicly display the art for only the third time since its unveiling in 2012. Milan is the city that Leonardo called home and the reception, from the people who know Leonardo best, was amazing," Maly added.
"For this artistic achievement to be preserved for centuries is remarkable," added Jim Petty, partner and co-owner with Maly. "To think, a work like this could have easily disappeared from existence."
The history of the artwork is fascinating, complete with mystery, twists, and turns that saw it pass from several prestigious European collections to its being saved from Nazi looting during World War II. A five minute film documents the history of the masterpiece from its creation in 1508 to the present day. VIEW FILM NOW: www.DaVinciHorseandRider.com
Future plans to publicly display the work have not been disclosed at this time. "The sculpture has been placed in a bank vault for safe keeping until we can determine how best to share 'Horse and Rider' with the world," Petty said. "For now we are content knowing that this masterwork is back in Las Vegas and that we have completed another step in telling its incredible story to the world."
About 'Horse and Rider'
An early maquette for an unfinished monument, 'Horse and Rider' features a rider in full military regalia on horseback. Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519 before he could complete the larger project, leaving 'Horse and Rider' to his star pupil, Francesco Melzi. The work remained with the Melzi family in Italy. It was later removed to Switzerland for safekeeping before the onset of WWII.
In 1985, world renowned Leonardo expert, Dr.Carlo Pedretti was called on to verify its authenticity. After his in-depth analysis, Pedretti declared in writing, "In my opinion, this wax model is by Leonardo himself." Photos of the model appear in the Catalogue Raisonne of Leonardo's drawings known as the "Queen's Collection at Windsor Castle, Horses and Other Animals". The beeswax model is also well documented in the scholarly work "Leonardo da Vinci; Scientist, Inventor, Artist" by Otto Letze and Thomas Buchsteiner.
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