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James Seymour, A Horseman Galloping, uncertain date
© Tate Modern Gallery - Londra

Anglomania (Part 2): Federico Mazzucchelli witness and critic of the “British Fashion”

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini In the first part of this article we saw that, in the eighteenth century, a…

James Seymour, Mr Russell sul suo cavallo baio da caccia, c.1740  
© Tate Modern Gallery - Londra

Anglomania (Part 1): The spreading of English style equitation in the Eighteenth century

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini It seems that James Seymour’s passion for horses and horse racing finally led him…

Equestrian statue of Mastino II della Scala (before 1351)
Civic Museum of Castelvecchio
Verona - Italy

Snapshots of a medieval knight. Mastino II della Scala and the “a la brida” seat

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini When, in 1329, Mastino II della Scala inherited, along with his brother Alberto, the…

“Maneggi and jumps”. The basic exercises of Renaissance horsemanship (Part 3)

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini In the late Middle Ages and during the Renaissance, horseback riding had a strong social…

“Maneggi and jumps”. The basic exercises of Renaissance horsemanship (Part 2)

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini At the beginning of the second part of his Trattato dell’imbrigliare, atteggiare e ferrare cavalli…

“Maneggi and jumps”. The basic exercises of Renaissance horsemanship (Part 1)

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini There has never been just one horsemanship. The use of the horse for different needs,…

“A la brida” and “a la gineta.” Different riding techniques in the late Middle Ages 
and the Renaissance

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini Defining, in his Book of the Courtier (1528), the ideal features of the Renaissance gentleman,…

Horseback riding in the Middle Ages – Jordanus Rufus of Calabria

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini Although the importance of the horse in the medieval European civilization is known and recognized,…

The Spanish Walk: classic exercise or circus trick?

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini There has been much discussion in the past, and horse lovers still are debating, if…

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