There are few works of art signed by Leonardo da Vinci's brushes that remain anonymous, Salvator Mundi was one of those few pieces that the general public does not finish associating with the figure of Leonardo or at least, I did not do it until now since this week the painting has jumped in the media because it has become the highest paid canvas in history dethroning Picasso or Gauguin.
We find ourselves before an oil on walnut wood with a vertical format that is only about forty-five centimeters wide and sixty-five high. The work must have been painted around the years 1506 and 1513, so it would belong to the same period as the Mona Lisa. Leonardo painted the work for the monarch Louis XII of France and in it he represents the figure of Jesus Christ as savior and redeemer of the world; its meaning is closely related to those representations of the medieval Pantocrator, as an all-powerful god who is above time or space. In this way we see how in his right hand a small sphere appears with the representation of the celestial vault, everything known to man. On his side, the left hand is depicted blessing and placed in a strikingforeshorteningthat looks as realistic as it is difficult to paint
When you look at the face you can see the bland features so typical of Leonardo, withoutHowever, the realism of the figure leaves a lot to be desired, in the neck the intersection of the head with the trunk is not entirely realistic and if we know something about Leonardo, it is that in addition to being a drawing genius, the artist carefully studied the anatomy of the human body to recreate it on his canvases.
Perhaps that is why for a long timeit was speculated whether the work was really Leonardo'sor instead it came from the brushes of one of his assistants who tried to imitate the style of the humanist. To this day, experts seem to agree that the canvas is by Leonardo and those small details that do not quite fit into his production are the result of unfortunate restorations carried out over the centuries.