Salvator Mundi, which depicts Christ, could make a late appearance at the exhibition of da Vinci’s work at the Louvre in Paris.
The launch of a brand new da Vinci exhibit has sparked interest after one major painting was left out.
It was rumoured that Salvator Mundi, which depicts Christ, would make a late appearance at the exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s work at the Louvre in Paris.
However, the exhibition opened without the piece, which is one of the best-known works attributed to the renowned artist.
The Louvre had also prepared two versions of its brochure, one featuring the painting, the other not.
Salvator Mundi, which shows Jesus in a Renaissance-style dress, has attracted controversy and intrigue in the past. Art historians have debated the authenticity of the painting for decades.
Originally, it was thought to have been created by a pupil of Giovanni Boltraffio, who originally studied under da Vinci. It was then attributed to Boltraffio himself when it was sold at auction for £45 in 1958.
It ended up being attributed to Leonardo da Vinci in 2011 – it last sold at auction in November 2017 for $450.3m (£350.5m), making it the world’s most expensive painting.