Salvator Mundi : The fabulous Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, the Savior of the world and Mona Lisa
Salvator Mundi, Leonardo da Vinci’s 500-year old mystical masterpiece, was sold for US$450,312,500, a new auction record at Christie’s, after 19 minutes of bidding, in New York, on November 15th, 2017. The winning bid was placed by Christie’s Alex Rotter, on behalf of his client.
It is a painting of the most iconic figure in Christian Faith by one of the most important artist of all time :
- Salvator Mundi is the name given to representations of Christ carrying an orb in his left hand while using his right hand to bless. The composition emphasizes the significance of Christ’s earthly mastery.
- Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian Renaissance polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography.
- Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), Salvator Mundi, painted circa 1500. Oil on walnut panel. Panel dimensions: 25 13/16 x 17 15/16 in (65.5 x 45.1 cm) top; 17¾ in (45.6 cm) bottom. Painted image dimensions: 15⅜ x 17½ in (64.5 x 44.7 cm) versus Mona Lisa 30 in × 21 in (77 cm × 53 cm)
Salvator Mundi & Mona Lisa
Salvator Mundi was painted at the same time, in the 16th century during the Renaissance period, like the Mona Lisa, La Joconde, which can be seen in Paris at the Louvre. From both of them, there is this mystery emerging thanks to their master, the genius of Da Vinci. Both of them are portraits, alike in their composition. Both of them, disappeared to reappeared. Both of them hold this power of a mystical universe.
La Joconde is at the Louvre, Denon wing, 1st floor, Mona Lisa room 6. Right in front of her, there is “The Wedding Feast at Cana”, 1563, Renaissance period, the biggest painting of the Louvre, by the Italian artist Veronese. With the Wedding Feast at Cana, Veronese transposed the biblical episode to the sumptuous setting of a wedding where Jesus had his first miracle. When the wine was running low, He asked the servants to fill the jars with water and then offered them to the master of the house, who found that the water had been turned to wine. This miracle is in the Gospel of John.
You may see the Salvator Mundi in The Louvre Museum of Abu Dhabi but you can see Mona Lisa in Paris, at the Louvre.