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Leonardo Da Vinci Salvator Mundi!
~ The Leonardo Da Vinci Salvator Mundi ~
DATE: Circa 1490-1519
LEONARDO'S AGE: 38 -67
PATRON: Louis XII of France
Louis XII (27 June 1462 – 1 January 1515), was king of France from 1498 to 1515.
PAINTING USED FOR: Biblical Depiction
TYPE: Oil on Walnut
SIZE: 65.6 × 45.4 cm's
The Jesus figure has a life-like quality where the viewer feels that rather than Jesus being a historical mythical figure, Leonardo reminds us that Jesus was a real flesh and blood person.
The Jesus figure’s eyes are piercing, and the right hands’ position of the fingers are animated, held in the same way a ballerina would hold her movement.
The crystal ball in the left hand is so intricately painted that with his expert knowledge of the bending of light, Leonard gives the ball the illusion of being 3-dimentional. This is whilst including imperfections in the ball such as chipped crystal to show wear and tear. The ball is also given the impression of being weighty; with the hand holding the ball having its flesh lighter where the palm is bearing the weight of the ball.
Overall, this is another painting of Leonardo’s that exhibits the blended use of light and shade to create separation rather than the traditional use of lines to create separation.
UNORTHODOX INNOVATIONS INTRODUCED:
Jesus is given a Crystal ball which is more symbolically a magical and pagan symbol, rather than a biblical one.
We here at Leonardo-Da-Vinci-Biography.com, consider the Salvator Mundi one of Leonardo's most striking and beautiful works. We also feel privileged and in awe that we are living in a time where the painting was re-discovered for all to share, and captured digitally for all to see.
Salvator Mundi literally means, 'Saviour of the World'.
No sketches of the Salvator Mundi.
Has been attributed as completely the work of Leonardo Da Vinci after 2005.
THE SALVATOR MUNDI HISTORY:
1649: Painting placed into King Charles I royal collection.
1763: Auctioned by the son of the Duke of Buckingham.
1900: Damaged from previous restoration attempts and its authorship unclear, when it was purchased by a British collector, Sir Frederick Cook.
1958: Sir Frederick Cook's descendants sold it at auction in for £45.
2005: The painting was rediscovered, acquired by a US consortium of art dealers, and authenticated as by Leonardo.
2011: It was exhibited by London's National Gallery during the Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan from November 9 2011 to 5 February 2012.
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Updated: 12/DEC/11 23:00 GMT
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