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The Last Leonardo - The Secret Lives of the World's Most Expensive Painting (Hardcover, Edition) Loot Price: R332
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The Last Leonardo - The Secret Lives of the World's Most Expensive Painting (Hardcover, Edition): Ben Lewis

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The Last Leonardo - The Secret Lives of the World's Most Expensive Painting (Hardcover, Edition)

Ben Lewis

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500 years after the death of Leonardo Da Vinci, Ben Lewis considers the unrivalled legacy of his art through an original biography of the `Salvator Mundi' (Saviour of the World) - the lost Da Vinci painting. In 2017, Leonardo da Vinci's small oil painting, the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction for $450m. In the words of its discoverer, the image of Christ as saviour of the world is `the rarest thing on the planet by the greatest human being who ever lived'. Its dazzling price also makes it the world's most expensive painting. For two centuries art dealers had searched in vain for the Holy Grail of art history: a portrait of Christ as the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci. Many similar paintings of greatly varying quality had been executed by Leonardo's assistants in the first half of the sixteenth century. But where was the original by the master himself? In November 2017, Christie's auction house announced they had it. But did they? The Last Leonardo tells a thrilling tale of a spellbinding icon invested with the power to make or break the reputations of scholars, billionaires, kings and sheikhs. Lewis takes us to Leonardo's studio in Renaissance Italy; to the court of Charles I and the English Civil War; to Holland, Moscow and Louisiana; to the galleries, salerooms and restorer's workshop as the painting slowly, painstakingly, emerged from obscurity. The vicissitudes of the highly secretive art market are charted across five centuries. It is a twisting tale of geniuses and oligarchs, double-crossings and disappearances, where we're never quite certain what to believe. Above all, it is an adventure story about the search for lost treasure, and a quest for the truth.

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Imprint: William Collins Publishing
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: April 2019
Authors: Ben Lewis
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 42mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Edition: Edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-00-831341-8
Categories: Books > Arts & Architecture > History of art / art & design styles
Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography
Books > Arts & Architecture > History of art / art & design styles > 1400 to 1600
Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > Film, television, music, theatre
Books > Arts & Architecture > History of art / art & design styles > 1400 to 1600 > Renaissance art
Books > Arts & Architecture > History of art / art & design styles > 1400 to 1600 > Renaissance art > General
Books > Biography > Film, television, music, theatre
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LSN: 0-00-831341-5
Barcode: 9780008313418

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