Saviour of the World, or Salvator Mundi, is the name of the painting which has shaken the art world time and time again. It was revealed as a newly discovered Leonardo da Vinci in the National Gallery’s landmark exhibition in 2011-12. Now, the painting is set to break records at Christie’s upcoming sale, as it is the last Da Vinci in private hands.
There is a consistent drum throughout the art world that contemporary art is where it’s at. More and more contemporary galleries are popping up and in turn the old has to make way for the new. A recent blow to the art world was Christie’s announcement of its planned closure of its South Kensington office as well as closing the Old Masters department in its Amsterdam office. However, last month, two of the most prominent figures in the contemporary art world, Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst, unveiled their new projects.