Just when you think the hype over the Louvre Abu Dhabi is dying down, here comes another big news we’re all excited about: It’s all systems go for the September 2018 unveiling of the world’s most expensive painting at the capital’s landmark museum.
Leonardo da Vinci’s long lost masterpiece, the “Salvator Mundi”, is one of the fewer than 20 surviving paintings by the legendary Renaissance artist and the last that has been known to be privately owned. In December last year, the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism bought it at the Christie’s in New York for a whopping US$450 million (Dh1.65 billion), making it the most painting ever purchased at auction.
The 500-year-old painting will be unveiled at the Louvre Abu Dhabi on September 18, 2018.
“Dating from circa 1500, Salvator Mundi is an oil panel painting, executed onto a walnut panel, depicting a half-length figure of Christ the Saviour of the World, facing the viewer and dressed in flowing robes of lapis and crimson. The figure holds a crystal orb in his left hand as he raises his right hand in benediction,” the Louvre Abu Dhabi stated in its description of the painting.
“The rediscovery of Salvator Mundi is one of the most significant artistic findings in history. It encapsulates an important chapter in the history of art, and its first ever display at the Louvre Abu Dhabi is not only a milestone for the region, but for the world too,” the museum added.
Since it opened in November last year, the Louvre Abu Dhabi has been the star of our programmes and familiarisation trips in the capital. It is now a staple of a city tour, and its potential as an events venue is also very promising. We are looking forward to bringing our next group to the museum–with the Salvator Mundi on display!