The painting’s voyage, from the record-breaking Christie’s auction to the mysterious postponing of its unveiling, reflects deep regional ideological and geopolitical rifts — but the debate has hardly played out in the Arabic-language media.
Keeping track of the world’s most expensive painting has become more difficult since it transferred into Saudi hands. One conspiracist claims the painting is involved in a money laundering plot tie Trump-Russia scandal.
As Su Shi’s “Wood and Rock” goes to auction, we are reminded that the discussion of genuine and fake paintings is ever-present in Chinese art history.
Matthew Landrus believes the painting, which Louvre Abu Dhabi bought at auction for $450.3 million in 2017, better resembles the work of Bernardino Luini, an assistant in Da Vinci’s studio.
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The Louvre Abu Dhabi is now claiming it owns the world’s most expensive artwork.
A day after the New York Times identified the buyer of “Salvator Mundi” as an obscure Saudi prince, the Wall Street Journal claims he was merely serving as a proxy for the country’s crown prince.
Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, a friend of the Saudi crown prince, is paying for the painting in monthly installments of $58 million.
The newly opened institution announced on Twitter that the most expensive artwork ever sold will soon go on view there.
The museum’s director says he is in talks with the buyer of the record-setting painting to display it in Paris next year.
David Nolta doesn’t mince words in his assessment of “Salvator Mundi.” “The sale does not necessarily have any more to do with scholarship than the picture has to do with Leonardo,” he explains.
The painting’s seller is part of the clique of billionaire oligarchs exerting an outsize influence in global affairs — and art.