9×12 watercolor enhanced colored pencil on “satin” finish Arches paper. Original available.
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The Lipizzaner descends from Spanish horses, taking its name from the stud at Lipica, in Slovenia. The stud was founded in 1580, when the Hapsburg Archduke, Charles II, imported 9 stallions and 24 mares from the Iberian Peninsula. He wanted to ensure a supply of showy, predominantly white horses for the ducal stables at Graz and the court stables in Vienna (info from Eyewitness Handbooks Horses).