20cm x 25cm
Salvator Mundi is a painting by Italian remodeling artist Leonardo da Vinci of c. 1500. It is thought to have been a copy of the first lost original cover, recovered, restored, and placed in Leonardo’s grand exhibition at the National Gallery, London, 2011-12. Christie says that soon after the sale of the work, many leading scholars consider it to be Leonardo’s first work, but this opposition has been disputed by some experts, some of whom claim that he has donated only certain items.
The painting depicts Jesus in a Renaissance robe, making a cross in his right hand, while holding an invisible crystal orb, in his left, symbolizing his role as Salvator Mundi (Latin for ‘Savior of the Earth’) and representing the heavenly ‘heaven’. About 20 other types of work are known, by Leonardo’s students and followers. Leonardo’s sculptural drawings and ink are held at the British Royal Collection.
He is one of the less than 20 jobs known to Leonardo, and he is the only one who has ever lived in a private group. Sold at auction for $ 450.3 million on 15 November 2017 by Christie in New York to Prince Badr bin Abdullah, set a new record for the most expensive painting ever sold at a public auction. Prince Badr allegedly bought on behalf of the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi, but it has now emerged that he may have been the one holding his personal friend close to Saudi Arabia’s prince Mohammed bin Salman. This follows reports in late 2017 that the painting would be screened at the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the mysterious cancellation of its exhibition scheduled for September 2018. The location of the painting was reportedly unknown, but a June 2019 report said it was kept on Bin Salman’s luxury boat, pending completion He said, and an October 2019 report indicated he may have been detained in Switzerland.