Leonardo da Vinci’s painting Salvador Mundi was the last year’smost expensive painting in the world when it was bought by the Crow Prince of SaudiaArabia; Mohammed Bin Salman for sum of450 million dollars at an auction.
However the world is now baffled with the recent news thathas been confirmed by “The Times” reports that this painting has not been ableto make its way into the public display of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The scholarsand other with an interest to the importance of the artistic history of thispainting are worrisome and the rumor has been spreading like a wildfire thatthe painting has been supposedly lost.
Professor Martin Kemp, the da Vinci expert; the man whoidentified the authenticity of the painting and also brought out its relative obscuritybefore it was sold for 100,000 dollars back in 2005 told “the Times” about thedisturbing current status related to the painting.
Professor Martin Kemp said to media, “Nobody outside the immediate Arab hierarchyknows where it is… I have no idea. The mystery of its location is, of course,disturbing.”
This disappearance is only one of the most baffling chapters in the long history of Salvador Mundi’s long and complicated history. It has been dubbed as an over painted art form and worthless imitation of the original and then again authenticated as the Da Vinci’s work in the course of 20th century. The painting also had once been sold for a sum of mere 45 pounds when it was regarded as the work of one of da Vinci’s pupils.
The painting eventually ended up in the private collection of a Russian billionaire named Dmitry Rybolovlev who bought this painting from an art dealer named Yves Bouvier. Dmitry Rybolovlev last sold this painting to Crown Prince, days before the announcement of the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
The original plan was to unveil this painting at the opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi back in September this year. However the opening date of the museum has been postponed by the officials of sum which has caused massive worries among the people who are interested in work’s safekeeping. One of these people is Robert Simon who is the member of the consortium of art collectors who purchased this painting back in 2005. He said to media that,
“I am concerned aboutits condition, its well-being… I am trusting and believing that, wherever itis, there are people who understand that it is a 500-year-old, very fragilework of art and that they are keeping it in museum conditions.”