The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World's Most Expensive Painting
For two centuries, art dealers and historians searched in vain for the Holy Grail of art history: a portrait of Christ as the Salvator Mundi ("Savior of the World") by Leonardo da Vinci. At last, in 200 ...more
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The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting by Ben Lewis is a non-fiction book about Leonardo da Vinci’s small oil painting the Salvator Mundi, sold at auction for $450 million. Mr. Lewis in an author, documentary filmmaker and an art critic.
This book popped up on my reading radar a day or two after the famous Sotheby’s auction where the painting the Salvator Mundi, attributed to Leonardo da ...more
The Last Leonardo is a refreshing look at one of the most curious works of art that has surfaced in the art market lately. This was not my first encounter with the Salvator Mundi, as I worked as an art dealer and followed the case closely when it was being shopped around. Later, in 2017 when it broke the record for the most expensive painting ever sold, I had some serious doubts.
The book is divided into roughly ...more
I also don’t like it when the author involves himself into the story, and wish this was edited out.
And, maybe I missed this, but I had to look up what Salvator Mundi meant, since it seems there’s a bunch of pictures with this name (Latin for 'Savior of the World'). With all t ...more