The management of the Louvre Museum in the United Arab Emirates has postponed the date of screening of Leonardo da Vinci’s “the Savior of the world” (Salvator Mundi). This was announced by the Department of culture and tourism of Abu Dhabi to his Twitter account.
Initially the exhibition of the painting was scheduled for September 18. New show date is not specified.
This painting depicts Jesus Christ in a blue robe who holds in his left hand a crystal ball. Canvas was written in approximately the year 1500. For a long time this work was considered lost. It was first put up for auction in 1958. Then the picture went under the hammer for just 45 pounds sterling, because the experts considered that it was not written by da Vinci, and one of the masters of his school. Only in 2011 it was finally proved that it was written by the author of the “Mona Lisa”.
Last year, “the Savior of the world” went under the hammer at auction Christie’s for $ 450 million. This is the highest ever price for a painting sold at auction. Before the painting was owned by the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev. As the new owner of the masterpiece was a Saudi Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud.
As previously reported, this year a painting by French artist Amedeo Modigliani’s “Reclining Nude” was sold for 157 million dollars.