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Sunday, November 14, 2021

According to new reports, curators at the Prado museum have just officially downgraded Salvator Mundi, the famous painting that was always previously attributed to Leonardo da Vinci.



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This particular version of the painting is largely the work of the restorer. And the story, best told in the Ben Lewis book referenced in the piece, presents the art world as wildly shady. Only those unfamiliar with that milieu will be surprised.

And as for irony, ho boy! Saudi Muslim crown prince gets played buying "portrait" of Jesus Christ as "savior of the world." Hey, c'mon, this beats man bites dog six days of the week.

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-11-14 06:43 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

$450 Million? For a painting? It must have been painted by Hunter Biden.

#2 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-11-14 06:45 AM | Reply

The art world, next to the illegal drugs biz, is one of the great unregulated markets. Which may help explain why the two spheres so often meet and meld.

#3 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-11-14 06:56 AM | Reply

I didn't see anywhere in the article where it mentioned that the painting sucks, which it obvious does. Portraits suck, especially when the subject didn't even sit for the painting. I'd rather have dogs playing poker than this crap.

#4 | Posted by bus_driver at 2021-11-14 09:55 AM | Reply

Which may help explain why the two spheres so often meet and meld.

#3 | POSTED BY DOC_SARVIS AT 2021-11-14 06:56 AM | FLAG HEH

It helps that artists tend to be stoners.

Leonardo's works elude us because he experimented a lot and sometimes his techniques led to premature decomposition. Sometimes the mediums weren't allowed to cure properly so there aren't many of them around. Besides, I think Leonardo was a lot of other things and he also did some art.

It's probably like one of those ebay things where you figure you'll be outbid but you get caught.

#5 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2021-11-14 11:39 AM | Reply

Good points. Leonardo's interest was piqued by a lot of fields, of which art was but one.

#6 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-11-15 06:01 AM | Reply

My two cents worth: I have always found the painting to be hauntingly beautiful regardless of who painted it or when it was painted. I'd hang it my foyer.

#7 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-11-15 12:00 PM | Reply

Why aren't paintings judged on their merit rather than who painted them?

Paintings are either good or they aren't, and that is often in the eye of the beholder.

This reminds me of the Jackson Pollock painting that was worth very little, then a small fortune, then very little, then a small fortune again as its authenticity was proven, disproven to be painted by Pollock. Who cares? The painting looks the same. Who cares who painted it, other than the naked emperor on his horse? (BTW, the Pollock painting sucked)

#8 | Posted by jakester at 2021-11-15 12:21 PM | Reply

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