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World Who held the brush for the "Salvator Mundi"? Relanted speculation

22:25  12 april  2021
22:25  12 april  2021 Source:   europe1.fr

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L'Arabie saoudite, propriétaire du tableau, avait demandé à la France d'expertiser la toile avant un prêt éventuel pour la grande rétrospective Léonard de Vinci au Louvre (octobre 2019 - février 2020). © Tolga Akmen / AFP Saudi Arabia, owner of the painting, had asked France to pursue the web before a possible loan for the great retrospective Leonardo da Vinci at the Louvre (October 2019 - February 2020) .

The "Salvator Mundi", the most expensive painting in the world, would it finally be the hand of Leonardo da Vinci? Speculations have been relaunched from more beautiful for a few days.

A documentary, broadcast on Tuesday on France 5, says that for the Louvre, it is a workshop work, with a minimal contribution of the Italian Renaissance master. But several surveys published in the past 48 hours in the media support the opposite, relying on confidential documents.

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Saudi Arabia, the owner of the painting, had asked France to pursue the canvas before a possible loan for the great retrospective Leonardo da Vinci at the Louvre (October 2019 - February 2020).

The Louvre has the C2RMF, state-of-the-art laboratory for the analysis of works of art. The table remained three months, in 2018.

"The Louvre and the C2RMF resulted in the opposite conclusion of that of the documentary: for them, the painting is actually from the hand of Leonardo, and only from him", writes Didier Rykner in the magazine The Tribune of Art, at the origin of several revelations on the subject. "The communication of this information to the Saudis would have taken place in September 2019".

In an article published on Monday, the New York Times adds: "The Louvre has certified that the painting was a work of Leonardo, but it kept the secret conclusions after a dispute with its owners".

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- Next to the joconde -

in a book in Hazan coexuality and the Editions du Louvre, the boss of the Louvre Jean-Luc Martinez and the Vincent Delieuvin Exhibition Commissioner confirm the attribution of the painting to the Italian Master. But this book is only on sale one day at the museum's bookstore, before being hastily removed, according to Didier Rykner, once any hope abandoned by a table loan by Saudi Arabia.

Expert in ancient painting Eric Turquin reports, he never heard the Conservatives of the Louvre doubt. "Certainly, he said to AFP, the Salvator Mundi was very damaged and a large part had been redone by an American restorator, but it is authentic. The hand of Christ is great, beautiful."

These are Saudi requirements that would have prevented the integration of the painting to the Great Exhibition Leonardo da Vinci for the winter 2019-2020.

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The Conservatives of the Museum were opposed to it, says Didier Rykner, because of "security and afality problems", with these two high-public tables side by side.

on the other hand, if they felt that this painting had obviously all its place in the exhibition, the Conservatives also thought there was no reason to make the most important picture of the retrospective Although it had been sold at a record price, adds the journalist and historian of art.

- 1.175 Dollars -

It was considered to install the Salvator Mundi within the exhibition and then get it into the states hall. But this solution was not retained and the Saudi definitively refused the loan of the canvas.

The documentary, which will be broadcast on France 5 Tuesday at 8:50 pm, says that the expertise carried out at the C2RMF laboratory concludes a "contribution" - and only that-- of the Grand Master Italian.

The Louvre refuses to confirm or invalid the press information, invoking the prohibition to discuss the authenticity of a work that has not been exposed within it: the director of the documentary "Antoine Vitkine had solicited the Louvre but We did not want to answer his questions, the painting that was not loaned during the retrospective, "says AFP.

This table keeps its mystery and has not been shown in public since its sale. It is unknown to where it is. Some evoke his presence on the private yacht of Prince Ben Salmane.

redeemed in 2005 in poor condition for $ 1.175 only by a New York dealer, this painting had been restored, presented at an exhibition at the National Gallery in 2011, bought by a Russian oligarch, which has then resold.

He had made the headlines of the world press during his sale, at auction, in November 2017, for the record amount of $ 450 million. The buyer had remained anonymous but would be other than the young Saudi Prince, "MBS".

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