Lost Leonardo

Freshly demonstrates that a conventionally structured documentary can pack the fascination and wallop of an expertly executed fictional thriller.


The Lost Leonardo

THE LOST LEONARDO is the inside story behind the Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold at $450 million. From the moment the painting is bought for $1175 at a shady New Orleans auction house, and the restorer discovers masterful Renaissance brush strokes under the heavy varnish of its cheap restoration, the Salvator Mundi’s fate is determined by an insatiable quest for fame, money and power. As its price soars, so do questions about its authenticity: is this painting really by Leonardo da Vinci?

Unravelling the hidden agendas of the richest men and most powerful art institutions in the world, THE LOST LEONARDO reveals how vested interests in the Salvator Mundi are of such tremendous power that truth becomes secondary.
Documentary, Art & Artists
English, French
Andreas Koefoed
Peter RainerChristian Science Monitor

The infamous “Salvator Mundi” painting is the focus of the fascinating documentary “The Lost Leonardo,” a movie that scrutinizes the often corrupt crossroads of art and commerce. The oil painting – the title is Latin for “Savior of the World” – was unceremoniously discovered in 2005 in a nondescript ...

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