The Louvre has secretly published a book about the "Savior of the world" Leonardo da Vinci
ARTinvestment.RU   02 апреля 2020

45-страничное edition was withdrawn from sale after the news that the Museum will show the painting at the exhibition "Da Vinci"

the existence of this book, in which the public had to be submitted to a new scientific study painting-сенсации "the Savior of the world", became known in October 2019, when preparations were underway to open a large-scale exhibits "Leonardo da Vinci", dedicated to the Louvre Museum 500-летию since the death of the greatest artist of the Renaissance.

According to of information, The Art Newspaper, the book contains sections on all existing at the moment, versions and theories, considering the controversial attribution of the work of Leonardo, provenance, and new scientific data. The study's authors are inclined to believe that the work is an authentic da Vinci painting, but avoid categorical and final formulations. Considering the painting "the Saviour of the world" in the context of a detailed analysis of the reference works of da Vinci from the Louvre — works, "St. Anne" (C. 1503-1519), Mona Lisa (C. 1503-1519) and "John the Baptist" (C. 1508), the authors come to the conclusion that she probably belongs to the second Milanese period da Vinci (1506-1513), and was written after "John the Baptist".

According to the commentary of the representative of the Museum, "the book was prepared in case the Louvre will have the opportunity to show a picture. Since this did not happen, it will not be published." However, single copies this publication was printed in advance of the Paris publisher Editions Hazan.

the Edition was seized from the Museum shops for a few days before the opening of the exhibition on 24 October 2019, however, at least one copy was accidentally sold in one of the Museum's kiosks: probably simply not noticed among the other catalogs, handbooks and brochures, devoted to the works of Leonardo da Vinci, which the Museum sells in large quantities.

Now the only sell the book with a study of the authorship of "Savior of the world" — a real rarity. And who knows, we might see it in the lists of bibliophilic rarities?


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