More than a year ago, the Louvre Abu Dhabi was grooming itself to house a celebrated piece of art; The Salvator Mundi maestro Leonardo da Vinci. Only recently, a series of distressing news have been doing the rounds regarding the painting’s authenticity.
The painting broke all records at Christie’s in New York, 2017 when the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism dropped an outrageous amount of $450 million on the masterpiece. Rumours suggest that the genuine buyer behind the painting is Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
While the painting was due to make its debut at the Louvre Abu Dhabi in September, the event was cancelled without any justification, which of course, created ripples in the city. The Salvator Mundi, which depicts Christ as ‘Saviour of the World’, is now alleged by some to be a ‘workshop Leonardo’, painted by one of the artist’s studio assistants.
Sunday Telegraph reports that art historian Jacques Franck made an appalling comment that senior politicians and Louvre staff ‘know that the Salvator Mundi isn’t a Leonardo’.
The Louvre is now awaiting the answer of the owner.