There’s a new Da Vinci master­piece at the Lou­vre

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Lou­vre Abu Dhabi will dis­play Da Vinci’s paint­ing Sal­va­tor Mundi from this month

Lou­vre Abu Dhabi en­ters this record books this month with its new ex­hibit – Leonardo Da Vinci’s Sal­va­tor Mundi. The paint­ing is one of fewer than 20 known sur­viv­ing works by the Ital­ian Re­nais­sance artist and the 500-year-old artwork was pur­chased at a Christie’s New York auc­tion for Dhs1.65 bil­lion late last year, mak­ing it the most ex­pen­sive piece of artwork ever sold.

Dubbed as the “male Mona Lisa”, it is be­lieved to have been cre­ated for the French royal fam­ily and later trav­elled to Eng­land where it was recorded in the col­lec­tion of King Charles I. It dis­ap­peared from records and was pre­sumed to have been de­stroyed but was later re­dis­cov­ered in 2007 and sold to the Lou­vre in Novem­ber 2017.

Dat­ing from around 1500, it is an oil paint­ing on wal­nut panel and de­picts Christ as Saviour of the World, fac­ing the viewer, and dressed in flow­ing robes. He holds a crys­tal orb in his left hand as he raises his right hand in bene­dic­tion. From September 18

Lou­vre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Is­land, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 10am to 8pm, Thur to Fri 10am to 10pm, Dhs60. Tel: (600) 565566. Taxi: Lou­vre on Saadiyat. lou­vre­abud­


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