The Art News Paper | JULIA MICHALSKA

Louvre Abu Dhabi issued a statement today (8 December) affirming that Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi (around 1500) has been “acquired” by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism for display in the newly-opened Emirate museum.

The declaration came the day after the Wall Street Journal reported that the person who had purchased the Renaissance painting at Christie’s New York last month for a staggering $450m was the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.  Citing intelligence reports and a Middle-East art world figures familiar with the purchase, the newspaper said that the Crown Prince had bought the Leonardo through an intermediary…read more 

Image | Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi is due to go on show at Louvre Abu Dhabi alongside the artist’s La Belle Ferronnière (around 1490), seen here with French President Emmanuel Macron and Moroccan King Mohammed VI REUTERS/Ludovic Marin/Pool