Leonardo da Vinci is credited with completing several sculptures, including "Horse and Rider" and contributing to other sculptures, including "John the Baptist Preaching to a Pharisee and a Levite." Historians believe he never completed what would have been his crowning achievement as a sculptor.
Though more famous for his paintings, such as the "Mona Lisa," da Vinci studied sculpture with Andrea del Verrocchio when he was 15. Many of da Vinci's sculptures disappeared from public sight after his death. One such sculpture, "Horse and Rider," is of a military man riding a horse. Da Vinci intended to use the small statue as the basis of a larger monument to French military governor, Charles d’Amboise. The statue was unveiled and shown for the first time in Los Angeles in 2012.
Historians credit Da Vinci with working on several sculptures with his apprentice, Giovan Francesco Rustici, including "John the Baptist Preaching to a Pharisee and a Levite," which includes three large bronze sculptures. Between 1489 and 1494, da Vinci worked on a bronze equestrian statue for Francesco Sforza, and between 1506 and 1511, he worked on "Battle of Anghiari," a monument for Marshal Trivulzio.
Though he didn't complete either before his death in 1519, art historians uncovered several notebooks of sketches of both projects. The sketches include studies of a horse's anatomy, movement and proportions and also sketches of how he intended the monument to look.