Besides the iconic ‘Mona Lisa’ by Leonardo da Vinci that is visited by millions of tourists every year at the Louvre Museum in Paris, there is another similar painting featuring the woman with the famous smile and watchful eyes that has sparked debate among experts over its authenticity.
Leonardo da Vinci’s famous drawing of a spread-eagled male figure, known as the ‘Vitruvian Man,’ will soon travel to Paris to star in a blockbuster Leonardo exhibition at the Louvre Museum. It will make the trip as part of an exchange agreement signed by the culture ministers of France and Italy, after many months of sometimes bitter negotiations.
Author and art critic Ben Lewis calls the ‘Salvator Mundi’ as “the most beautiful question mark that's ever been painted.” For more than a century, art dealers hunted for the lost treasure — the ‘Salvator Mundi’, or ‘Savior of the World’. It is an ethereal picture rumored to be the work of an original renaissance man.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian President Sergio Mattarella kicked off commemorations to mark 500 years since Leonardo da Vinci died in France, paying their respects to the Renaissance genius in a show of unity after months of diplomatic tensions.
Five hundred years after the death of Italian master painter Leonardo da Vinci, the French town of Loire Valley where he spent his last three years will host top-level festivities celebrating his life.