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September 26, 2021

Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi was originally thought to be by Giovanni Boltraffio.

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A 16th-century painting that sold for $70 in the 1950s is now worth $185 million. Talk about a good investment. The Salvator Mundi or Saviour of the World thought for years to be by Da Vinci-student Giovanni Boltraffio was recently outed as a Leonardo Da Vinci original. Da Vinci hallmarks like the coiled ringlets of Christ’s hair and the reflection of light in the glass globe in his left hand were hidden by layers of varnish and dirt. Beginning November 9 to February 5, 2012, the rediscovered Da Vinci will be on exhibit at the National Gallery in London. Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan brings together the largest-ever number of Da Vinci’s rare surviving paintings. Inspired by the Gallery’s recently restored The Virgin of the Rocks, the exhibit will include more than 60 drawings and paintings by the Renaissance artist including The Lady with an Ermine, a portrait of Milan city ruler’s mistress, which is often hailed as “the first truly modern portrait.” Adults $25; seniors $22; students 12 to 18 $12.

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