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Does Leonardo da Vinci spark thoughts of Tom Hanks cracking codes? Do the names Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael conjure images of mutant ninjas doing battle with Shredder? For the cultural philistine, this is the perfect way to educate yourself about the world of art, lavishly portrayed through the medium of the horse.

This sumptuous coffee-table edition is deliciously low on words and packed with eyecatching prints that would make even the most devoted pony lover want to discard their horsey posters and petition for a Picasso.

With examples of work by such world-renowned (even to barbarians like myself) masters as Gauguin, Manet, Renoir, and El Greco, as well as those more familiar to us for their horse-sense: Degas, Stubbs and Meissonier, there is something for every taste. Particularly unusual are the exhibits of oriental equestrian art and sculpture, as well as native American and colonial representations of the role of the horse.

Published by Yale University Press (ISBN 030011740X)