Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World) by Leonardo da Vinci, oil on a wood panel, 26 x 18.5 inches.
- About 75% of Leonardo’s paintings are lost
- Authenticated by distinguished scholars in the United States and Europe
- It had been heavily overpainted and cleaned many times
- “When they took off the overpaint, what was revealed was the original paint. You saw incredibly delicate painting. All agree it was painted by Leonardo.”
- Estimated price: $100-200 million
- The “Salvator Mundi” theme was popularized by Dutch artists such as Jan van Eyck and Albrecht Durer and taken up in Italy during the Renaissance.
- See it at the London’s National Gallery, November 9, 2011 – February 5, 2012