World’s Most Expensive Painting to find a home in Abu Dhabi.
We’re all familiar with the great Leonardo da Vinci and his exquisite paintings. Who hasn’t heard of Mona Lisa or The Last Supper, to say nothing of the renowned Salvator Mundi? Actually, Salvator Mundi is the world’s most expensive painting at the time of writing. And just in case you’re not too familiar with it, we’ll tell you that it focuses on a Renaissance-looking version of Jesus Christ. The Messiah is performing a blessing with his right hand while holding a crystal orb in the other.
Salvator Mundi sold for $450 million in 2017, and this allowed it to become the priciest painting in the world. Interestingly enough, a painting such as this would usually find a more permanent home in a museum from the Western world, namely Europe. However, the world’s most expensive painting will soon reveal itself at Louvre Abu Dhabi on September 18.
Art, tourism, and money.
People flock from all over the world to admire Leonardo da Vinci’s art pieces. Therefore, the presence of Salvator Mundi should improve Abu Dhabi’s tourism. Regarding this unique event, the Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism, Mohamed Khalifa Mubarak, has issued the following statement:
“It means a great deal. This is a very exciting moment for Abu Dhabi, as we welcome the world to witness the unveiling of a masterpiece by one of the most important artists in history In Abu Dhabi. Having spent so long undiscovered, this masterpiece is now our gift to the world and we look forward to welcoming visitors from across the globe to witness its beauty, when it is unveiled at Louvre Abu Dhabi in September 2018.”
The rediscovery of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi is one of the most significant art findings in history. Coming to @louvreabudhabi on Sep 18.
— Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (@dctabudhabi) June 27, 2018
More often than not, the world’s elite purchase ridiculously-expensive paintings as a form of investment. Sometimes, these gorgeous works of art spend their days in safes or secluded personal galleries. In the case of Salvator Mundi, thousands of people will be able to admire its intricacies, which only seems fair.