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Salvator Mundi sale and restoration video's

The recent sale of Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi at Christies in New York generated drama and excitement in the auction room. See a video of the auction with comparisons of other valuable paintings. Also a time-lapse video of the paintings restoration is also available for viewing.

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The $400m dollar painting

Leonardo da Vinci's painting of The Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the world) has been sold at auction at Christie's in New York. The November 15th sale is a world record for a painting smashing all previous records. The enduring nature of Leonardo's work has produced this astounding result some 500 years after the work was painted. To us mere mortals $400m dollars seems like an unimaginable amount of money, someone has very deep pockets indeed. I do hope that whoever purchased this masterpiece enjoys the painting and that it doesn't end up locked away in a vault somewhere!

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Sale of The Salvator Mundi Leonardo's lost masterpiece .

The Salvator Mundi - a reputed work by Leonardo da Vinci – is set to be sold at auction in New York on November 15 2017, estimated value in excess of $75 million. There are many versions of this work and for many the attribution to Leonardo still remains a contentious issue, in fact this latest version has an earlier accreditation to Leonardo’s pupil Giovanni Boltraffio. Is this really by Da Vinci? Well the majority of the world’s leading experts say that it is so who knows what the final sale price will be. You can decide for yourself if the work is genuine or not, it’s all a matter of opinion and, of course, money.

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The Virgin of the Rocks

An update of this popular page with added images of Leonardo da Vinci's Altarpiece. There are images of the side panels by the Predis brothers and a mock up of the complete altarpiece that gives some idea of what the work would have looked like in the 15th century.

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The High Renaissance

An updated page covering the period in Italian renaissance art after 1500 known as The High Renaissance. Artists from Florence and Venice perfected their skills creating some of the greatest works of art in history.

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Leonardo da Vinci Paintings, work from one of the greatest artists in history.

Leonardo da Vinci Paintings, a chronological index of the renaissance artist's work as a painter

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The Madonna of the Yarnwinder, by Leonardo or not by Leonardo?

Two versions of Leonardo da Vinci’s Madonna of the Yarnwinder are displayed here. In both of these paintings the attribution to Leonardo remains controversial.

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Leonardo da Vinci legacy of art and invention

Evaluating the da vinci legacy, just how great a genius was he?

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The Lady with an Ermine, Leonardo,s painting of the Duke of Milan's mistress

Cecilia Gallerani is the sitter for Da Vinci's The Lady with an Ermine.

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La Belle Ferroniere, a portrait of Lucrezia Crivelli

Leonardo's portrait of Lucrezia Crivelli, known as La Belle Ferroniere. She was the second mistress of Ludovico Sforza, The Duke of Milan.

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