A long-lost piece of artwork by Leonardo da Vinci will be the latest to join the collection at Louvre Abu Dhabi with an unveiling planned for September.
Salvator Mundi, which depicts Jesus Christ in Renaissance dress making a sign of benediction, will formally open to the public at Louvre Abu Dhabi on 18th September.
The canvas, which was thought to be lost for 100 years as it was painted over, is one of fewer than 20 known surviving paintings by the Italian master and was rediscovered in 2005.
With an estimated production date of circa 1500, the painting is composed of oil on canvas, and is thought to be a contemporary of The Mona Lisa.
Commenting on the new acquisition, HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, undersecretary of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, highlighted the revered artist’s role in history: “At more than 500 years old, Salvator Mundi still retains a remarkable presence and the lingering sense of mystery that characterises Leonardo’s finest works.
“As one of history’s greatest painters, polymaths and thinkers, da Vinci left his stamp on many of the disciplines that have shaped the modern world. He has remained an outstanding cultural icon and as such, his work has an important role to play in Louvre Abu Dhabi’s universal narrative, which encapsulates the history of humanity.”
The painting will go on display at Louvre Abu Dhabi alongside da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronière, on loan from the Musée du Louvre in Paris.
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