July 10, 2011

Salvator Mundi: The 15th Leonardo


Lost Leonardo da Vinci painting discovered

There are a grand total of 14 oil paintings in the world known to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci, or rather there were 14. Now there are 15 because a Leonardo that was lost centuries ago has been authenticated by experts from the US and UK. The painting depicts Christ as the Salvator Mundi, the Savior of the World, facing forwards with two fingers of his right hand raised in blessing and a crystal globe in his left hand.



Posted by Vanderleun at July 10, 2011 11:09 AM
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What do you mean "lost"! That's the same picture my grandmother had on her parlor wall, the one with the ghostly eyes that seemed to follow you around the room. All seeing...all knowing. If I so much as thought about having an impure thought in my granny's house, I was certain that picture would rat me out and I would get my grampa's belt across my backside.

Posted by: westsoundmodern at July 10, 2011 1:13 PM

That picture is on at least twenty postcards at every major religious theme park.

Posted by: Peccable at July 10, 2011 3:48 PM

I don't like it, no sir. I don't.

Posted by: Jewel at July 10, 2011 6:00 PM

Dan Brown? Paging Mr. Dan Brown.

The part I find hard to believe is the crystal depiction. I'll have to search some other Renaissance works to see if others, or LDV, depicted crystals like that. Looks a little Flemish to me.

OTOH, da Vinci did do many, many things before his time.

Posted by: Casey Klahn at July 10, 2011 9:01 PM

I don't think you have to know a whole lot about art to think this looks like a DaVinci painting. My top three list of people I wish I could spend time talking to, if I could time travel are: Ben Franklin, Leonardo DaVinci, and Mary Magdalene.

Posted by: Sara (Pal2Pal) at July 10, 2011 9:35 PM

It looks like Da Vinci, however, I do not like the treatment of the eyes at all: He looks a little cross-eyed. I think Da Vinci's "Annunciation" is much better.

Posted by: ahem at July 11, 2011 7:24 AM

Don't call him "Da Vinci." Call him "Leonardo." He didn't have a modern last name -- "Da Vinci" signifies where he was born.

Also, the article is misleading. The work of art wasn't "discovered," merely authenticated as being genuinely Leonardo's work.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at July 11, 2011 8:41 AM

A little pedantic, aren't we?

Posted by: ahem at July 11, 2011 12:01 PM

No, just not a Dan Brown fan.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at July 11, 2011 9:15 PM

Only Leonardo can create a painting where the light emits from the form within the painting, and does not simply reflect from the surface. His understanding of form is ‘preternatural’.
Rembrandt does almost as well with reflected light. Leonardo’s form is sublime while Rembrandt’s form is natural.

Posted by: Fiore Custode at July 11, 2011 9:49 PM

La diferencia entrre un lado y el otro se debe a que el derecho es masculino y el izquierdo femenino, como Shiva o Dionisio.

Posted by: hernan at July 19, 2011 3:35 PM