Robert Simon with the painting Christ as Salvatore Mundi now on show in London. Photo: David Bebber:The Times
A few days ago thousands of art enthusiasts and ordinary members of the public were able to see for the first time a great painting, now believed to be the work of Leonardo da Vinci.
The painting Christ as Salvator Mundi (Christ as the Saviour of the world)) is one of the stars of the new exhibition of da Vinci’s work at the National Gallery in London, U.K. The show, which runs until 5th February, 2012 is attracting large crowds and is expected to be one of the best ever held anywhere in the world.
This event is special because it concentrates on da Vinci the artist. Titled Leonardo da Vinci at the Court of Milan, it features paintings he did for Duke Lodovico Sforza in the Italian city.
Art historian and da Vinci enthusiast Robert Simon in New York was shown a then unknown painting in 2005. He has been involved with the cleaning and restoration for the private owners. Then after showing it to art experts, including those with knowledge of the Renaissance period in Italy, it was recognised as a work by da Vinci.
Simon is pleased that the Christ as Salvator Mundi is now on show to a massive audience at the National Gallery. He is also happy to have worked on such an important painting and to have been involved in its discovery.
The National Gallery website has an excellent guide to the exhibition. See a preview of the paintings and drawings on show, a timetable and information how to buy tickets. Click on this link to go to the website: http://tinyurl.com/4uc7ydd