Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi unveiling delayed at Louvre Abu Dhabi

Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting was scheduled to go on display at the Louvre Abu Dhabi from September 18

Abu Dhabi: The Department of Culture and Tourism — Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) announced on Monday a delay in the unveiling of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi.

Originally acquired by DCT Abu Dhabi in November 2017 at an auction from Christie’s in New York, the painting was scheduled to be on display at Louvre Abu Dhabi from September 18. No new date for the painting’s unveiling has been announced.

Painted by one of history’s most renowned and admired artists, the iconic Salvator Mundi is one of fewer than 20 known surviving paintings by the Italian Renaissance master. Dating from around 1500, the painting is believed to be a contemporary of both La Belle Ferronnière and the Mona Lisa. It was recorded in the inventory of the royal collection of King Charles I (1600-1649).

Presumed to have been destroyed, Salvator Mundi was rediscovered in 2007, when restoration was undertaken by Dianne Dwyer Modestini, senior research fellow and conservator of the Kress Programme in Paintings Conservation at the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

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