After weeks of negotiations it appears that Leonardo’s recently “rediscovered” masterpiece “Salvador Mundi” will not be sold to the Dallas Museum, where it had been on display since July of last year.
The Dallas Morning News reports that even though the Dallas Museum had been engaged in an aggressive fundraising campaign in order to bring Leonardo’s lost Christ to the Museum – and make Dallas an “art destination”- that the consortium of dealers who bought the painting in 2005 was not satisfied with he yet-undisclosed sum offered.
The painting depicting Christ as the savior of the world is painted on wood panel and measures 26 by 18.5 inches. The price tag is a reported $200 million.
You can read a thorough piece on Leonardo’s haunting “Salvator Mundi” – on it’s clouded provenance, the restoration effort that led to its re-attribution, and to the ethical and legal precedents that new owners face when trying to establish ownership of contested works of art, by Carla Raffinetti on Artlyst, which we link to here.
Previously on Art is Life:
… and on whether Texas is to be a “destination” – artistic or otherwise: