There’s a new Da Vinci masterpiece at the Louvre
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
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