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“"The Horse that never was"”

Leonardo da Vinci's Horse
Ranked #113 of 859 things to do in Milan
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Melegnano, Italia
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“"The Horse that never was"”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

In 1482 the Duke of Sforza commissionned the largest equine statue ever conceived, Leonardo worked on the project for 17 years but when the project was ready, a war prevented bronze - precious in warfare - from being used for statues. Nearly 500 years later, Charlie Dent decided that Leonardo and Italy should have The Horse , as a gesture of appreciation from the American people for the immense cultural, artistic, and scientific legacy of the Italian Renaissance for the American culture.

The statue now stands at the hyppodrome, near Stadio Meazza. It is impressive in size and craftsmanship. It conveys balance and power and is set in a peaceful garden near the racetrack. It's kind of hard to reach with pubblic transport but it's worth the detour from the beaten track.

Visited June 2014
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“Huge”
Reviewed 14 June 2013 via mobile

Although no longer the largest horse statue in the world its still impressive. We went to see it at the same time as the san siro as its only 2 mins away. My wife is a show jumper and i am a farrier so know horses quite well, but both couldnt believe how anatomically perfect it is let alone the size. Others have said its not worth a special trip but it definitely is. Great history story to go with it too. Yes its in the residential area of milan but who cares? You go to milan to see italy not just a pretty city centre.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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“Worth the walk”
Reviewed 7 October 2012

I'm an artist and my husband is an architect. We obviously have learned quite a bit about Leonardo Da Vinci. We had NOT learned about Leonardo's Horse until my youngest daughter did a report on it in the 5th grade. Beautiful story but an even more beautiful sculpture. Yes, it's in a normal residential neighborhood (NOT the fashion district) and yes, it's a long walk from the train station, but it's worth it!

Visited September 2012
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Jaipur, India
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“Huge Horse”
Reviewed 19 August 2012

We were going through "What to see in Milan", and instantly decided to see this Huge 24 feet high "GRAN CAVALLO" - Leonardo Da Vinci Horse sculpture: to be the largest monument cast in Bronze. Originally, made of Clay, this Bronze model is a replica.

It is in cultural park, near San Siro, Football Stadium, Milan. We had to walk a lot to locate it. Not many tourist around. We saw some kids' birthday party going on nearby. Nothing to eat around, thank God at least we had water to drink with us.

Visited September 2011
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Milan
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“impressive”
Reviewed 29 February 2012

the location is ugly, but the horse is impressive, and it's a good reconstruction of how the original monument by Leonardo da Vinci was.

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