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Is the Louvre Museum getting another world-class Leonardo da Vinci to hang alongside the Mona Lisa? If the museum’s director Jean-Luc Martinez has his way, it will—temporarily.
Hyperallergic‘s Ben Sutton was the first to flag an interview between Martinez and French radio station RTL in which the museum director revealed that he hoped to borrow the work for a blockbuster Leonardo exhibition next year.

The presentation will coincide with the 30th anniversary celebration of the “Grand Louvre” renovation and expansion. “We hope to see Salvator Mundi in Paris,” Martinez said. “The goal is to gather the greatest number of works by Leonardo.” The Louvre owns five of the 15 extant Leonardo paintings… read more

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