France and Italy mark 500th anniversary of Da Vinci’s death

President Emmanuel Macron and Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella kick off commemorations to mark 500 years since Leonardo da Vinci died in France, paying their respects to the Renaissance genius in a private visit to his grave. To mark the anniversary Italy, what experts suspect to be a lock of Da Vinci’s hair will be on display for the first time this week.

Researchers prove Leonardo Da Vinci was ambidextrous

Researchers at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence have proved what was suspected for a long time: that Renaissance genius Leonardo Da Vinci was able to write, draw and paint with both hands. The museum’s research and restoration institute confirmed Da Vinci’s ambidexterity by analysing a drawing known simply as Landscape (8P), believed to be his earliest work, dated 1473, when the artist was 21.

Did Da Vinci draw the ‘Nude Mona Lisa’?

It’s undergone a battery of tests and expert analyses, and the verdict is in: a drawing entitled the ‘Nude Mona Lisa’ and kept at the Chateau de Chantilly north of Paris, was created in the workshop of Leonardo da Vinci. Experts say there is a “likelihood” the Italian master participated in its creation.

Da Vinci design jewel still key for Tuscan silk weavers

Leonardo Da Vinci’s works do not just hang on the walls of the world’s most famous museums. In fact, Da Vinci’s genius also extended to engineering. Today, five hundred years after his death, one of his machines resides in one of Europe’s oldest silk workshops in Florence and continues to weave some of the finest silks.

Why The World’s Most Expensive Painting Has Gone Missing (HBO)

The UAE continues to push back the unveiling of the world’s most expensive painting. ‘Salvator Mundi’ by da Vinci was originally purchased for $450,312,500 by Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture in 2017, but many art historians believe that it isn’t actually an original da Vinci painting. Art critic Jerry Saltz tells us why it isn’t.

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What Made The Da Vinci Painting Worth $450 Million (HBO)

After nearly 20 minutes of nail biting bidding on Wednesday night, Leonardo da Vinci’s painting Salvator Mundi, shattered the world record for the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction. Including fees, the 500 year old rare masterpiece sold for $450.3 million.

Some questioned the authenticity of the painting as truly Da Vinci but with a price tag that far surpassed initial estimates the concern now seems irrelevant.

Before the sale, Vice News Tonight went to Christie’s for a private viewing of Salvator Mundi with contemporary Brazilian artist Vik Muniz.

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Da Vinci painting is New York auction season star

“Salvator Mundi,” a painting of Jesus Christ by the Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci circa 1500, is the star lot in New York’s November art auctions that will see Christie’s and Sotheby’s chase combined art sales of more than $1 billion.

Abu Dhabi just opened their Louvre museum – take a look inside

Louvre Abu Dhabi just opened 10 years after the project was announced in 2007. The art museum, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, cost over £1 billion to make.

Abu Dhabi is renting the name “Louvre” for 30 years andy paid France £399 million to do so.

They also loaned 300 artworks from France, which cost £571 million. Just like Paris, the museum has a Da Vinci portrait, “La Belle Ferronniere,” which is also on loan.

There are more than 620 pieces and artefacts on display including Degas, Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso. There’s also a Napoleon painting from Jacques-Louis David.

Only 235 pieces are from the museum’s own collection. Loans come from 13 French museums like Pompidou, Musee d’Orsay, and Versailles.

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