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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo's Salvator Mundi: expert uncovers ‘exciting’ new evidence

Did Louvre Abu Dhabi’s $450m painting belong to an English nobleman who followed Charles I to the scaffold in 1649?

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Diary

Is it by the master? Audience delivers verdict on Salvator Mundi at 'The Lost Leonardo' UK premiere

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Video, film & new media

The Lost Leonardo—a thriller-like film on the world’s most expensive painting—opens in the UK on 10 September

The documentary features experts including editor-in-chief of The Art Newspaper, Alison Cole, and editor-at-large Georgina Adam

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Art market

Head of a bear sets new record for a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, selling on a single bid for £8.8m at Christie's

The tiny "Post It note" drawing was sold by Thomas Kaplan, owner of the Leiden collection of Rembrandts, who bought it in 2008 based on a fax

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Art market

Legal battle over €15m Leonardo discovery: owner, Tajan auction house and French government fight it out

An export ban was placed on the drawing in 2017 but the French culture ministry has not purchased the drawing as planned

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Diary

Faking it—Mona Lisa copy sells for €2.9m

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Films

The Lost Leonardo—a solid sceptical documentary—follows the saga of the Salvator Mundi

The documentary film about the world’s most scrutinised painting, by the Danish director Andreas Koefoed, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday

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Art market

Leonardo da Vinci's bear pawtrait could make record for drawing by the artist

The work is expected to fetch up to £12m in a live sale at Christie's London this July

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Salvator Mundi

Is Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci? Amid the current flurry of ill-informed controversies, let us turn to the science

Can the leaked Louvre book give us the final word on the much-maligned painting that we all need?

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Leonardo da Vinci

Not a Leonardo! Clue to wax bust’s attribution lies inside a sperm whale

New scientific report confirms that wax bust of the goddess Flora—bought by the eminent museum director Wilhelm Bode—dates to after the Renaissance

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Salvator Mundi

What the Louvre’s scientific examinations of the Salvator Mundi really revealed—according to the museum’s own book

A secret booklet appears to contradict claims made in a new documentary about the painting's attribution to Leonardo

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Salvator Mundi

The real reason why the Salvator Mundi didn't make it into the Louvre's Leonardo show

A feature-length film, screening next week in France, sheds new light on the political machinations surrounding the world's most controversial painting

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Diary

Poldark star Aidan Turner on how to play Leonardo (hint: learn to paint with your left hand)

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NFTs

Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi—the world's most expensive work of art—to be turned into an NFT

Author Ben Lewis is minting the masterpiece to highlight the art world’s ‘age-old inequities and injustices’

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Visitor Figures 2020

Who were the most Googled artists in 2020?

Search data from 84 countries last year shows that Leonardo, Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo were among the world's most popular artists

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Salvator Mundi

Disarming new findings on Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi

The Louvre’s examination of the picture and independent analysis suggest blessing hand and arm were not part of the artist’s original concept

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Book Club

What was the best art book you read in 2020? The Art Newspaper team reveals its favourite publications

From the catalogue for a controversial Guston show to a four-volume tome on Leonardo Da Vinci—and some lighter reads too

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Art market

Six of the best catalogues raisonnés

From Leonardo to Bacon, take your pick from a selection of essential texts on leading artists

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Art market

Rediscovered painting by Leonardo da Vinci's 'little devil' lover and collaborator sells for record €1.7m in France

Penitent Magdalene by Salaì, who entered Leonardo's workshop at the age of ten, was estimated at €100,000 to €150,000 and is one of only a handful of known works by the artist

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Art and social media: do museums need memes?

Plus, artist Rita Keegan on her postponed show and Julia Peyton-Jones on Leonardo. Produced in association with Christie's

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Visitor Figures 2019

Here are the most visited Old Master exhibitions of 2019

The hype surrounding major anniversary celebrations saw big turnouts for Bruegel, Leonardo and Rembrandt

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Visitor Figures

Louvre's Leonardo da Vinci show smashes attendance record with more than one million visitors

Previous highest figure was 540,000 people for the Eugène Delacroix show in 2018

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Leonardo da Vinci

Louvre to open non-stop over closing weekend of Leonardo blockbuster show

Free entry—plus coffee and madeleines—promised for nocturnal visitors in a move that will allow an extra 30,000 people to see the exhibition

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Leonardo da Vinci

Doubly lost: why the Salvator Mundi's failure to show up at the Louvre is to be greatly regretted

Insurance measures allowed the Leonardo painting to be included in the Louvre’s blockbuster if the loan was confirmed by 1 January. Now that date has passed, Martin Kemp laments its disappearance

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Salvator Mundi

Was Leonardo's Salvator Mundi for sale when it went on show at the National Gallery?

Public collections usually avoid showing works that are on the market, but expert claims the $450m picture was made available to museums and collectors before the 2011 exhibition

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Diary of an art historian

Disneyfication at the National Gallery? Plus, the problem with deaccessioning in the UK

The stigma around state museums selling works means that other institutions dare not buy them; and a frank review of the National Gallery's Leonardo exhibition

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Books

This was the most prolific year for Leonardo scholarship in history—here is a detailed guide to the best books

At least 250 volumes in European languages have been published in 2019, the year that saw the world commemorate 500 years since Leonardo da Vinci's death

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In the frame

Salvator Mundi-mania comes to Brooklyn

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Museums

Strikes hit France: here are the museums that are affected

Several institutions have closed, others have cut back their opening times as protests against Macron's retirement reforms sweep the country

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Art market

Fakes! Why are we seeing so many counterfeits?

Artistic fraudsters are still pushing their luck—creating works ranging from the barely believable to the downright hilarious

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Exhibitions

The Big Review: Leonardo at the Louvre

This once in a lifetime retrospective has a freshness and coherence which appeals to public and scholar alike

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Books

Missing Leonardo link: writer discovers that Da Vinci's anatomy drawings were owned by Charles II

New book hopes research of papers belonging to the king's physician will lead to further "eureka" moments

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Salvator Mundi

Is the $450m Salvator Mundi really on a Saudi yacht?

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia’s luxury vessel has unexpectedly circumnavigated Europe and docked in the Netherlands

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In the frame

Taner Ceylan creates his own version of Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi for Castello di Rivoli show

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Leonardo at the Louvre: the spectacular show and the Salvator Mundi no-show

We speak to co-curator Vincent Delieuvin about the 13 years of research that went into the show and discuss the latest twist in the Salvator Mundi saga with author Ben Lewis. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793

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Salvator Mundi

Revealed: the plans to show Salvator Mundi at the Louvre

Exclusive photograph from the Paris museum shows the intended installation set up

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Salvator Mundi

Salvator Mundi nearly made it to the Louvre exhibition, and might still be included

We can also reveal that the $450m painting is described in the latest insurance documents as “attributed to” Leonardo rather than as a definitive autograph work

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo review: Salvator Mundi hovers in the wings, but Louvre show is still magnificent without it

With a mass of the artist’s greatest works on its walls, the exhibition is a huge hit despite the non-appearance—so far—of the controversial painting

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Green light for Leonardo's Vitruvian Man to go to Louvre

An Italian appellate court has overturned the ban on the loan of the celebrated drawing

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Leonardo da Vinci

New book on Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi aims to be a definitive study—but it's not the last word on the controversial painting

Ahead of the blockbuster at the Musée du Louvre, we get an exclusive first read of the publication written by Martin Kemp, Robert Simon and Margaret Dalivalle

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Exhibitions

Louvre Leonardo show: forget Salvator Mundi, focus on Vasari

Forthcoming exhibition on the Renaissance master reveals ground-breaking new research on Italian literary sources

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Leonardo da Vinci

Italian court blocks loan of Leonardo's Vitruvian Man to Louvre

The ruling also suspends the wider agreement for the exchange of works of art between France and Italy

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Leonardo da Vinci

Salvator Mundi set to be a no-show in Louvre show

Paris museum's attempts to secure $450m Leonardo look doomed to failure, and the loser will be art history

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Leonardo da Vinci

If Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man goes on show at the Louvre, we won’t see it again for a decade

Italian conservationists say they may attempt to block the loan of the famous drawing

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Exhibitions

Despite Brexit, Britain is biggest lender to Louvre’s Leonardo blockbuster show

Speculation remains over whether Salvator Mundi will appear

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Cultural exchange

Louvre secures key Italian loans for Leonardo retrospective

The Vitruvian Man—normally only shown for a few weeks every six years—will travel from Venice’s Gallerie dell'Accademia to Paris

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo at the Louvre: an exclusive first look at this year's biggest blockbuster

We reveal the research and science behind the monograph exhibition exploring the Renaissance painter's artistic evolution

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Top of the Pods: Leonardo—the Salvator Mundi saga

We revisit interviews about the headline-making auction of the famous painting, its origins and its present whereabouts

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'Immersive experience' at London's National Gallery to reveal secrets of Leonardo’s Virgin of the Rocks

X-rays showing artist's original composition reveal that angel and Infant Christ were positioned higher up

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Diary of an art historian

Did the buyer of the Salvator Mundi get played—or did we?

What better way to boost its star power than by making it "disappear" for a few months?

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Law

Family claims quarter share of disputed Isleworth Mona Lisa

The painting, long the subject of an attribution dispute, is now at the centre of a legal conflict over ownership

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Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa is on the move this summer at the Musée du Louvre

The Leonardo painting, which is seen by thousands of visitors each day, is temporarily leaving its home during renovations to the gallery

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Leonardo da Vinci

Mona Lisa like you've never seen her: Louvre to use VR for first time in Leonardo fifth centenary show

Museum officials say they still hope to include Salvator Mundi in major autumn show

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French exhibition aims to reveal naked truth about 'nude Mona Lisa'

New research suggests work could be a prototype of an idealised “Venus” portrait designed by Leonardo himself

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From the largest Leonardo da Vinci show in half a century, at the Queen's Gallery, to the first retrospective of Luchita Hurtado at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery

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Leonardo da Vinci

Louvre struggles to gain loans for Leonardo show

High-level diplomacy is being used to secure the artist’s most important works for blockbuster anniversary show in Paris

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National Gallery

'Exceptional loan' of Francesco Melzi painting from Russia comes to London's National Gallery

Unusual month-long display of recently restored work by Leonardo’s favourite and heir will be lent by the State Hermitage Museum

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Italy secures loan of Leonardo da Vinci's Benois Madonna from Russia's Hermitage museum

There has been intense competition to borrow works by the artist during the 500th anniversary of his death this year

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Portrait sketch of Leonardo da Vinci discovered in Britain’s Royal Collection

The drawing, believed to be one of only two contemporary images of the artist, will go on show for the first time at the Queen’s Gallery in London

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Exhibitions

Crowd control: Louvre to enforce timed tickets in run-up to Leonardo da Vinci blockbuster

Reservations will mainly be online as French museum anticipates record visitor figures

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Leonardo da Vinci

London's National Gallery defends inclusion of Salvator Mundi in Leonardo show after criticism in new book

The curator’s attribution to the Renaissance master helped Christie’s achieve a world record price for the painting

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Connoisseurship

Another new Leonardo is a reason to be cheerful

The Virgin and Laughing Child was recently re-attributed as the artist's “only surviving sculpture”

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In the frame

Go to bed with a smile—spend the night with Mona Lisa

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Diary of an art historian

Perhaps even a Leonardo copy shows you’re rich and cultured

A version of the Mona Lisa by a follower of Leonardo da Vinci recently sold at Sotheby's for $1.69m

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Salvator Mundi

'We want Salvator Mundi' for Leonardo blockbuster, Louvre says

Claims that it had "cancelled plans" to show the work are "fake information", the museum says

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Is Leonardo da Vinci's only sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum?

Italian scholar says terracotta statuette, currently attributed to Antonio Rossellino, is actually by the 15th-century master

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Diary of an art historian

Speculation over Leonardo says more about us than the art

Facts seem no longer to matter with the famous picture

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Leonardo da Vinci

Twelve Leonardo shows to open simultaneously in the UK to mark 500th anniversary of artist’s death

Drawings from the Royal Collection go on show around the country this week before larger surveys in London and Edinburgh later in the year

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci's thumbprint discovered on drawing in Royal Collection

The mark is “the most convincing candidate for an authentic Leonardo fingerprint” among the Queen’s 550 works by the great artist

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Leonardo da Vinci

Italy blocks Leonardo loans for Louvre anniversary show

Populist government says sending paintings to French museum would put Italy 'on the margins of a great cultural event'

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The Year Ahead 2019

Which exhibitions will be the blockbusters of 2019?

Major Leonardo and Rembrandt anniversaries mean a wealth of shows focusing on the Old Masters, but Tintoretto, the Bauhaus or Bill Viola could be dark horses

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Salvator Mundi

Would the 'royal' Salvator Mundi please stand up?

Pushkin Museum’s Giampietrino painting may be the one listed in inventory of Charles I’s collection, rather than the Abu Dhabi work

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Leonardo da Vinci

Uffizi launches Leonardo da Vinci 500th celebrations across Italy

New exhibition in Florence decodes the “startlingly radical” scientific ideas of the Codex Leicester

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In the frame

The art of the Great British Bake Off

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Appointments & departures

The Met's Luke Syson to head Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge

Curator returns to the UK where he organised the blockbuster 2011 Leonardo exhibition at the National Gallery in London

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Art market

Russian billionaire Rybolovlev sues Sotheby’s for $380m in fraud damages

The mega-collector’s latest lawsuit, filed in New York, escalates his three-year legal feud with Swiss dealer Yves Bouvier

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Art market

Salvator Mundi’s patchwork provenance now includes a 50-year stop in Louisiana

The work was bought by a Baton Rouge family for about $120 while travelling in London in 1958, the Wall Street Journal reports

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‘Genuine’ Leonardo ‘sold’ for €72m on classified ads site Avito

The seller says that the painting, titled A Young Girl in Furs, was authenticated by the Stockholm art valuation firm Atelje Catellani

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Salvator Mundi will not go on show at Louvre Abu Dhabi this month, for reasons unknown

$450.3m Leonardo da Vinci painting was due to be unveiled at museum in two weeks but its display has now been delayed

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Salvator Mundi

Salvator Mundi: Why Bernardino Luini should be back in the frame

The Art Newspaper invites Matthew Landrus to expand on his theory on attribution to Leonardo and studio

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Victoria and Albert Museum brings Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks to life online

New technology allows novices and scholars to zoom in on the artist’s sketches and notes

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Leonardo da Vinci’s $450m Salvator Mundi to go on show at Louvre Abu Dhabi on 18 September

The painting will be loaned to the Louvre in Paris next year for an exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of artist's death

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Attribution

National Gallery in London accused of altering attribution of Hermitage's 'Leonardo' for 2011 blockbuster show

Leading scholar says gallery's own curators believed Madonna Litta to be by Boltraffio, a pupil of the master

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Podcast episode 25: Living with Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo specialist Martin Kemp on decades spent in the company of the Renaissance master, plus, we celebrate the 300th edition of The Art Newspaper

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Leonardo da Vinci

Museums race to secure loans for 500th anniversary of Leonardo's death

Venues across Europe ramp up requests as multiple shows are planned for 2019

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Exhibitions

Royal Academy of Arts tried to borrow $450m Salvator Mundi for its Charles I exhibition

New London show has received glowing reviews but there is one conspicuous absentee

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Art market

From Van Gogh to Richter—what happens when bidders fail to pay up at auction?

Flaky winning bids are knocking the gloss off record-breaking sales

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Diary of an art historian

Stop reading, start looking: today’s art history students are not getting a grounding in connoisseurship skills

When I put an image of a well-known Titian on the screen, only one of 40 could identify the artist

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Art market

Author Don Thompson takes issue with 'the last Leonardo' tagline and casts 2018 market predictions

$450m Salvator Mundi sale too late to be included in new book, The Orange Balloon Dog, but would have filled several chapters, economist says

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Leonardo da Vinci

A new Leonardo? Scholarly show claims to reveal master’s hand

Worcester Art Museum argues for reattribution of altarpiece panels by Verrocchio’s workshop

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Leonardo da Vinci is big business for Berlin copyists whose Salvator Mundi is in the pipeline

Russian brothers behind the replicas are planning a show of their Leonardo reproductions next year

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Art market

Beyond Leonardo: the artists who led the auctions in 2017

We survey the top five results in key markets, from Old Masters to Post-war and contemporary

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Diary of an art historian

How to identify a wreck

Better public understanding of condition requires greater access to digital images

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Salvator Mundi

We acquired Leonardo's Salvator Mundi, Abu Dhabi says

Announcement appears to contradict earlier reports linking purchase to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince

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Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince launches institute to promote art in the Middle East

Recently identified buyer of Leonardo's Salvator Mundi is planning a pavilion at the Venice Biennale, art teaching in schools, international exhibitions, archaeology and virtual reality

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Leonardo da Vinci

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince revealed as buyer of $450m Leonardo and loan confirmed to Louvre Abu Dhabi

Gesture consolidates close political alliance between Saudi Arabia and the UAE

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Saudi prince revealed as mystery buyer of the Salvator Mundi

News sent Twitter into a tizzy

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Art market

What does a $450m Leonardo mean for the Old Master market?

Slick marketing produced stupendous sale price for Salvator Mundi, but it sparked revulsion as well as elation

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Leonardo da Vinci

Bill Gates to send his Leonardo manuscript to the Uffizi

Codex Leicester will go on show in Florence for the first time in almost four decades

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Leonardo da Vinci

The Salvator Mundi may have changed the market for ever—but we have been through this before

Martin Gammon on the historical precedents of the $450m sale