The mysterious story of the “Savior of the World” - the painting, which is attributed to the brush by Leonardo da Vinci - has finally been continued. For months, the art community wondered where the work costing $ 450 million had gone - the picture’s trace was lost in Zurich, from where it was supposed to go to New Louvre in Abu Dhabi, but it didn’t get to the Savior of the World museum ... And the miracle: work was found on the mega-yacht of its owner, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, who bought the painting in November 2017 at Christie's New York auction.
Note that the yacht itself is not cheaper than the notorious picture: the vessel, which once belonged to the vodka magnate Yuri Shefler, is among the ten most luxurious yachts in the world. They say Bill Gates once rented it for a week for € 3.75 million euros.
In addition, it became known that plans for exhibiting work have changed - now they are going to expose the picture not in Abu Dhabi, but in the cultural center in the province of El Madina, which they are only going to build. This place is located near the Medina - the holy city of the Muslims.
Recall that the painting "Savior of the World" for a long time was considered an imitation of a student of Leonardo Giovanni Boltraffio and was sold in 1958 for a ridiculous 45 pounds sterling. However, in 2008, a meeting of art historians gathered and recognized the image of Christ with the crystal ball by Da Vinci. Moreover, the opinion was not unanimous: two were in favor, one was against, two abstained.
Despite the fact that the authorship of the famous Italian is still considered controversial, one cannot deny the fact that the modern history of the old painting has made it legendary. Now, even if it turns out that art critics made a mistake, it will still remain so. If (or when) the work will again be revealed to the world, surely crowds of tourists will want to look at a walnut plank, for which the rich were ready to part with their millions. However, it is possible that the work will never be shown, because if it is still an imitation of Boltraffio, then the Saudi prince is unlikely to want to admit to himself deceived.