Just in

And here (possibly) is one he made earlier

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

 

About Miles Piper

After university, Miles Piper began his career on a local newspaper in Wolverhampton and has since worked for a number of national newspapers and magazines. He has also worked as a guest presenter on Classic FM. He was a founder-member of the National Rust board. More Posts