Dallas Museum of Art To Buy $192M Da Vinci Painting?
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Reuters is reporting that the Dallas Museum of Art might be in the market to purchase a painting by Leonardo da Vinci valued at $192 million.
The museum’s new director, Maxwell Anderson, believes Salvator Mundi would serve as a “destination painting” for the museum, attracting visitors from all over the world. Its ability to do so is not questioned: it was one of the highlight pieces at the London National Gallery’s ”Leonardo Da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan” exhibition last year.
Salvator Mundi, commissioned by King Louis XII of France in 1506, was as recently as 2005 thought to be by the hand of one of Leonardo’s pupil, Giovanni Boltraffio. It was sold by descendants of its previous owner, Sir Frederick Cook, for £45 in 1958.
In 2005, art historian Robert Simon re-examined the oil-on-panel and discovered exciting “Leonardo-esque” tendencies in the paint colors and the reflection of light in the orb, which allowed him and a consortium of other experts to authenticate it as a genuine Leonardo.
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