In this video, we learn the shadowy story of the ‘Salvator Mundi’, a painting touted as the lost masterpiece of Leonardo Da Vinci, which, after being sold for $450.3 million on November 15, 2017 by British auction house Christie’s, has since vanished from public sight.
Long thought to be a copy of a lost original veiled with overpainting, the painting was rediscovered, restored and included in a major Leonardo exhibition at the National Gallery, London, over 2011-12.
Christie’s claimed just after selling the work that most leading scholars consider it to be an original work by Da Vinci, but this attribution has been disputed by other specialists, some of whom posit that the artist only contributed certain elements.
The story of the painting was the subject of a documentary titled ‘The Lost Leonardo’ by Danish director Andreas Koefoed, which premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
View the original video here.
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