Las Vegas Sun: “Perfect, perfect, perfect!” That’s how art historian Dr. Carlo Pedretti described “Horse and Rider,” the Leonardo da Vinci sculpture whose mold and original bronze cast were put on view to the public for the first time Tuesday inside the Imagine Exhibitions Gallery’s “Da Vinci — The Genius” exhibit at the Venetian.

Leonardo da Vinci's “Horse and Rider” sculpture displayed at the Imagine Exhibitions Gallery in The Venetian

A renowned expert on the life and works of da Vinci, Pedretti’s words didn’t come easily — particularly given that the work is considered to be the only surviving examples of da Vinci’s sculpture work.

The original sculpture, thought to be a study for a larger equine portrait of da Vinci’s friend and patron Charles D’Amboise, was crafted over 500 years ago from a block of beeswax. While the artist’s casting process was never completed, a mold and bronze cast were made from the work in 1985. “Horse and Rider,” owned by businessman and civil engineer Richard A. Lewis, has only been shown in private gatherings before Tuesday’s unveiling.

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