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Leonardo's Salvator Mundi and the Collecting of Leonardo in the Stuart Courts

Martin Kemp, Robert B. Simon, and Margaret Dalivalle

Abstract

In Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi and the Collecting of Leonardo in the Stuart Courts the ‘Three Salvateers’—Robert Simon, Martin Kemp and Margaret Dalivalle—give a first-hand account of the discovery of the lost Renaissance masterpiece; from its purchase for $1,175 in a New Orleans auction house in 2005, to the worldwide media spectacle of its sale to a Saudi prince for $450 million in 2017. A behind-the-scenes view of the painstaking processes of identification, consultation, scientific analysis, conservation, and archival research that underpinned the attribution of the painting to Leonardo, the ... More

Keywords: Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, Italian Renaissance, British history, seventeenth century, history of collecting, art dealing, authentication, lost masterpiece, art history, connoisseurship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198813835
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198813835.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Kemp, author
Emeritus Professor of the History of Art, Trinity College, Oxford University

Robert B. Simon, author
Company President, Robert Simon Fine Art

Margaret Dalivalle, author
Associate lecturer in Art History, Middlebury-CMRS, Oxford