Copy Of Salvator Mundi Discovered
Centuries after his most famous masterpieces, the universal genius Leonardo da Vinci still confuses his admirers. The creator of the Mona Lisa and countless modern inventions continues to make headlines. The last case came to the public light a few years ago. It all has begun when some experts discovered a new painting of the master. Experts attributed Salvator Mundi to Leonardo da Vinci. That was already quite controversial at that time. However, since the very beginning, this painting had its own mystery. Nonetheless, the artwork ended up at one well-known auction. There, the hitherto unknown painting by Leonardo da Vinci broke all records.
It almost effortlessly rose to become the most expensive painting in the world. Salvator Mundi surpassed Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu Couché painting and Pablo Picasso’s Les femmes dÁlger with an incredible price of $450.3 million. The auction house Christie’s named the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salam as the buyer. But since the auction, the painting has disappeared.
Disappeared Since Then
A month later, the Abu Dhabi Culture and Tourism Authority announced that it had acquired the painting. They planed to present it to the public in the newly opened Louvre. However, a long time has passed since the presentation announced in September 2018. People could not see Salvator Mundi since then. The exhibition did not take place; inquiries from the international press went unanswered. Therefore, the art world is wondering what has happened to the painting in the meantime. As if this wasn’t bad enough, numerous experts continue to doubt the authenticity of Salvator Mundi. You are sure that the image did not come from the hand of Leonardo da Vinci. After all, there are numerous gaps in the history of the picture. For example, the art historian Frank Zöllner is confident that the work comes from a student of da Vinci.
Stolen But Not Missing
Meanwhile, the police found a copy of the famous painting in Naples. It is a copy of the same motif owned by the Museum of the Basilica of San Domenico Maggiore. Somebody stole it, and now the police found it in an apartment near the museum. It is interesting that the museum never officially reported the theft. Maybe the museum never discovered that due to the events in 2020. Nobody entered the room with the painting for a long time.
Experts dated this version of the painting to the beginning of the 16th century and said it is one of around 20 known versions of the motif. Here, however, there was never any danger of a real Leonardo. This copy is said to have been made by a student named Giralomo Alibrandi. But even this ascription is not set in stone. However, the restorer of the original is certain that two of the master’s assistants made this copy. That means that the story of the new Leonardo da Vinci remains exciting. The public will continue to ghost about the work of the Italian superstar.