Da Vinci’s Mysterious ‘Salvator Mundi’ on Display


The recently rediscovered Leonardo da Vinci work, Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World) will be on display for the National Gallery’s Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan exhibition starting tomorrow, through February. The painting was purchased at an estate sale in the U.S. several years ago and was authenticated by a consortium of art dealers, but mystery still surrounds the 16th century work. Its complicated design, skilled attention to detail, and other factors point to the hand of the Mona Lisa artist, but despite the research many questions remain unanswered. For example, why the ambiguity from New York art historian Robert Simon, who was one of the dealers that first grabbed hold of the painting? Hopefully the exhibition will provide more answers so we can learn more about this fascinating work. If nothing else, perhaps they’ll amuse us by speculating on Salvator Mundi’s origins on Da Vinci’s new TV show.