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L'ULTIMO LEONARDO

Storia, intrighi e misteri del quadro più costoso del mondo

by Panza, Pierluigi

History, plots and mysteries of the most expensive painting of the world.

On 15th November 2017, in New York, Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi - the most expensive painting of the world, has been sold at auction. There are very few documents attesting the history of this little canvas full of uncertanties, black holes in changes of ownership, different attributions, clamorous changes of economic evaluation - in fifty years, its value changed from 45 pounds to 450 million dollars.

How is it possible? It's authentic or is it a speculation? Who did really paint it? How many similar canvases are there in the world? Starting from these questions, and retracing the history of this painting, Pierluigi Panza narrates who Leonardo da Vinci really was and how the world of art has changed today, what restoration and exhibitions are for, how do attributions work...
Putting together his knowledge of art history, his reporter's skills and his writer's narrative, Panza tells the non-experts the animated journey of this painting born in Lombardy in the Sixteenth century, passed from hand to hand - from those of the English kings to those of a Russian tycoon of potassium -, and ended in New York, at the center of the most incredible financial growth for an art work...

And after Europe, Russia and USA, the masterpiece is now ready to know the Arabian world, at the core of geopolitic controversy.

Pierluigi Panza is a writer, journalist and art historian. He wrote five novels, many Art History essays and more than four thousand articles for the Culture section of Corriere della Sera. He is a university Professor and organises exhibitions, is member of prestigious academies and winner of many prizes.

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Panza reconstructs the history of the Salvator Mundi, back and forth in time, from the millionaire auction to its arrival in Abu Dhabi. And Leonardo goes to Mecca.

Review: Dagospia

The Last Leonardo is a careful and meticulous reconstruction of all the tangled passages of this painting, collection by collection, until the final revelation.

Review: Corriere della Sera

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