AFTER LEONARDO DA VINCI
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AFTER LEONARDO DA VINCI

Salvator Mundi

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AFTER LEONARDO DA VINCI
Salvator Mundi
oil on canvas, unframed
26 x 21 ¾ in. (66 x 55.3 cm.)

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Lot Essay

This painting repeats the composition of what has become one of the most famous pictures in the world: Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, which was sold at Christie’s in 2017 for a record-breaking $450 million – the highest price ever achieved at auction for a work of art. Christ is presented here as Savior of the World, as characterized in the Gospel of John (4: 14): rigidly frontal, holding a crystal orb in one hand and with the other raised in benediction, Christ is profoundly human (lacking as he does a crown or halo). The enduring popularity of the image is attested to by the existence of numerous copies after Leonardo’s original: roughly twenty contemporary copies are known, some of which are considered to be by Leonardo’s pupils or followers, almost certainly emanating from his workshop.

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