Salvator Mundi

Salvator Mundi which literally means “the savior of the world” is a painting recently attributed to Leonardo da Vinci that was lost and later rediscovered, and restored and exhibited in 2011.It is a painting of Christ as Salvator Mundi. The painting shows Christ, in Renaissance garb, giving a benediction with his raised right hand and crossed fingers while holding a crystal sphere in his left hand.
In France, Leonardo da Vinci painted the subject, Jesus Christ, for Louis XII of France between 1506 and 1513.The painting was damaged from previous restoration attempts, and its authorship unclear. A Cook’s descendants sold once sold this beautiful painting at auction in 1958 for £45. In 2005, the painting was acquired by a consortium of art dealers that included Robert Simon, a specialist in Old Masters. It was once heavily overpainted so that it looked like a copy, and was described as “a wreck, dark and gloomy” but it was then restored to its former glory and authenticated as a painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. In 2013 the painting was sold to Russian collector Dmitry Rybolovlev for $127.5 million.


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