Ep. 1 – Salvator Mundi

Salvator Mundi - Leonardo Da Vinci
Salvator Mundi – Attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci

The first episode of our podcast introduces us to Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi. In this episode we tell the story of how this “lost Leonardo” was recovered, the controversy surrounding its history, and how it became the most expensive painting ever sold.

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Mentioned In the Podcast

All Savator Mundi
The many versions of the Salvator Mundi that exist.
Wenceslas Hollar’s Etching of the Salvator Mundi, after Leonardo

Further Viewing

Interesting Links

Carnegie Museum of Art – Restoration of Isabella de Medici


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Isaacson, Walter. Leonardo Da Vinci. New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2018.
Jones, Jonathan. “The Da Vinci Mystery: Why Is His $450m Masterpiece Really Being Kept under Wraps?” The Guardian. October 14, 2018. Accessed November 01, 2018. https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/oct/14/leonardo-da-vinci-mystery-why-is-his-450m-masterpiece-really-being-kept-under-wraps-salvator-mundi.
“Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ Is Coming to the Louvre Abu Dhabi -.” ARTnews. December 08, 2017. Accessed November 01, 2018. http://www.artnews.com/2017/12/06/leonardo-da-vincis-salvator-mundi-coming-louvre-abu-dhabi/.
“Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ Sells for $450.3 M. at Christie’s in New York, Shattering Market Records -.” ARTnews. November 16, 2017. Accessed November 01, 2018. http://www.artnews.com/2017/11/15/leonardo-da-vincis-salvator-mundi-sells-450-3-m-christies-new-york/.
Rea, Naomi. “In a Shock Move, the Louvre Abu Dhabi Postpones the Display of ‘Salvator Mundi’.” Artnet News. September 04, 2018. Accessed November 01, 2018. https://news.artnet.com/art-world/louvre-abu-dhabi-postpones-display-salvator-mundi-1341950.
Reyburn, Scott. “Contemporary Art Sales: Do I Hear $100 Million?” The New York Times. November 11, 2017. Accessed November 01, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/11/arts/design/leonardo-da-vinci-sothebys-christies-phillips-picasso.html.

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