Most Rusters will be at least aware of the infamous Salvador Mundi, the subject of one of the art world’s all time greatest controversies, which – if legend is to be believed – currently resides upon a massive super yacht owned by the crown prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman, who parted with a world record US$450 million in 2016 in order to acquire it.
The reason for the celebrity of this painting is, of course, the possibility that it is a once-lost masterpiece by one of the world’s greatest-ever scientists and artists Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519).
Some art historians and restorers with worldwide reputations are convinced that it is. An equal number are adamant either that – at best – it is a work by one of Leonardo’s students or followers to which Leonardo may have added a brushstroke or two and/or (far more likely?) it is an item that he never even set eyes upon, still less graced with a dab of his favourite duck blue Dulux emulsion.
Anyway. My purpose today is to report that a new documentary by Andreas Koefoed upon the heavily-restored painting – The Lost Leonardo – is being released in cinemas this week.
See here for a preview of the movie written by Jonathan Jones – I say that hopefully (that is, if the newspaper hasn’t by now deliberately “prevented” linkings) – as appears today upon the website of – THE GUARDIAN