23 November, 2011

The Incredible Science of Art Restoration


Because new technologies are revealing tremendous things in the art world, I wanted to post this amazing video showing the slow revelation of Leonardo da Vinci's painting, Salvator Mundi, through the restoration process.

Re-posted below is a blog by The Colorist which is receiving some attention on the Interwebs.  


Salvator Mundi,  Leonardo da Vinci
o/p, 25 13/16" X 17 7/8 "

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), Salvator Mundi, c. 1500 Oil on walnut panel, 25 13/16 X 17 7/8 inches (65.6 X 45.4 cm) (C) 2011 Salvator Mundi llc. (PRNewsFoto/Robert Simon, Tim Nighswander)

This post originally published May, 2011.

Although he has been safely dead for 492 years, Leonardo da Vinci continues to make headlines.  Arguably the greatest polymath ever, Leonardo is never uninteresting.

Is it possible that da Vinci painted an image titled Salvator Mundi, and that this has only now come to light?  News reports say that experts have re-attributed this painting to the master, whereas before it was said to have been created by one of da Vinci's students.  Incredibly, this would be only the fifteenth known painting by da Vinci that exists.  Unless, of course, somebody un-crates another one somewhere. 

Dan Brown!  Paging Mr. Dan Brown!

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