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Jerry Saltz Has A Brutal Theory On Why the World's Most Expensive Painting Is "Missing"

  • December 07, 2018 11:36

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Detail of Salvator Mundi by da Vinci

Critic Jerry Saltz explains "Why the World's Most Expensive Painting Has Gone Missing" in a Vice video here.  While we're assuming "missing" equates to "out of public view," Saltz claims the reason is that the $450 million Leonardo da Vinci titled "Salvator Mundi" is a "made up piece of junk,"and that "many" think it should be attributed to the "studio of Leonardo da Vinci." 

Utilizing an entertaining old-school slideshow, with a wooden pointer for emphasis, Saltz states his case for why this da Vinci is "not great art," but a "wishlist for money and fame."

The portrait of Christ is still not on display at the Louvre Abu Dhabi since a Saudi prince won it for the institution at Christie's over a year ago, adding even more intrigue to the painting's history of ownership. 

Read more at Vice


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