What happened to the ‘Lost Leonardo’?

Spend an evening with the world’s most expensive artwork.

In 2017, a work attributed to Leonardo depicting Jesus as the savior of the world was auction at Christie’s in Manhattan – for a record $450 million. Since then we have learned that the work – ostensibly acquired by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism for that city’s Louvre – was really purchased on behalf of Saudi Arabian ruler Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Today its whereabouts – MBS’ yacht? Swiss storage? – is unknown. 

On Thursday, Feb. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers considers the mystery in “Lost Leonardo: The Saga of da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’,” a lecture by Robert Simon, one of the work’s original discoverers. 

A specialist in Old Masters, Simon holds a Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University and is the author of the recent “Leonardo’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ and the Collecting of Leonardo in the Stuart Courts” (Oxford University Press).  

For more, email events@sarahlawrence.edu.

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