Salvator Mundi

da Vinci, Leonardo
Oil, Wallnut
Year: 1499
The current location and status of the painting is unknown.
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Salvator Mundi is a painting by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, dated to c. 1500. The painting shows Jesus in Renaissance dress, making the sign of the cross with his right hand, while holding a transparent rock crystal orb in his left hand, signaling his role as Salvator Mundi (Latin for "Savior of the World") and master of the cosmos, and representing the 'crystalline sphere' of the heavens, as it was perceived during the Renaissance. Around 20 other versions of the work are known, by students and followers of Leonardo. Preparatory chalk and ink drawings of the drapery by Leonardo are held in the Royal Collection.

Long thought to be a copy of a lost original, veiled with overpainting, it was restored, rediscovered, and included in a major Leonardo exhibition at the National Gallery, London, in 2011–12. Although several leading scholars consider it to be an original work by Leonardo da Vinci, this attribution has been disputed by other specialists.

It is one of fewer than 20 known works by Leonardo, and was the only one to remain in a private collection. It was sold at auction on 15 November 2017 by Christie'sin New York to Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al Saud, who was acting on behalf of Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism, for $450.3 million, setting a new record for most expensive painting ever sold at public auction. In late 2017, reports stated that the painting would be put on display at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, but the scheduled September 2018 unveiling was canceled without explanation, and the current location and status of the painting is unknown.

da Vinci, Leonardo
  • Oil
  • Wallnut
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