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The last Leonardo, the secret lives of the world's most expensive painting, Ben Lewis - hardcover

For two centuries art dealers had searched in vain for the Holy Grail of art history: a portrait of Christ as the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci. In November 2017, Christie's auction house announced they had it. Its $450 million sale price makes it the world's most expensive painting. But is it really Leonardo's work? Lewis takes us to Leonardo's studio in Renaissance Italy; to the court of Charles I and the English Civil War; to the galleries, salerooms, and restorer's workshop. A twisting tale of double-crossings and disappearances, this is the tale of a search for lost treasure, and a quest for the truth. -- adapted from jacket
Table Of Contents
Prologue: The legend of Leonardo -- Part one -- Flight to London -- The walnut knot -- Buried treasure -- Paper, chalk, lapis -- Zing! -- The blue clue -- Vinci, Vincia, Vinsett -- Part two -- The king's painting -- Little Leonardos -- The Salvador switch -- The resurrection -- Lost in a crowd -- The high Council -- Entertainer and engineer -- The greatest show on earth -- Look, Cook forsook -- Offshore icon -- LDV RIP -- Nineteen minutes -- There is a house in New Orleans -- Mirage in the desert -- Fragile state -- Afterword
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
xvi, 363 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (chiefly color), 24 cm

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