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Twelve Da Vinci shows to open simultaneously in the UK

In honour of 500 years since Leonardo Da Vinci passed away, 144 drawings are leaving Windsor Castle for a series of exhibitions to take place at several locations simultaneously. 12 UK venues have been selected to exhibit 12 works each before a final major show at the Queen’s Gallery in London in May where 200 […]

‘Most convincing’ thumbprint by Leonardo da Vinci will be on exhibit this year

An artwork becomes an extension of an artist and experiencing a work in person can feel as though you’re in their company even if the artist has been dead for centuries. Examining the brushstrokes laid out by an artist or seeing the materials brought together to create a work allows for a connection between viewer, […]

Italy blocks deal to lend works by da Vinci to the Louvre in 2019

In November it became clear that the Italian government might overturn their agreement to loan a number of works by Leonardo da Vinci to the Louvre this year for a massive exhibition commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Old Master’s death. Well, it seems that Italy’s populist ‘Italians-first’ government will in fact block these loans. […]

Leonardo da Vinci loans spark tensions between France and Italy

As 2019 quickly approaches, so does the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s passing. At the time of his death on May 2nd, 1519, the Italian artist, aged 67, was living in France’s Loire Valley near the royal château of Amboise while working for King François I. The quincentenary has sparked a ‘stampede’ amongst museums […]

The blood in Jordan Eagles’ ‘Jesus, Christie’s’ runs deeper than you might think

Just over a year ago, Christie’s rocked the art world when they sold Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi for $450.3 million. The hype surrounding what was deemed ‘the last da Vinci’ – though some question if it’s even by da Vinci – was palpable. Everyone suddenly seemed to know the artwork and videos by the […]

Dmitry Rybolovlev, seller of Leonardo’s ‘Salvator Mundi’, detained in Monaco

On the morning of Tuesday, 6 November, Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev was detained for questioning at the request of a Monaco investigative judge. On November 7, Monaco’s chief prosecutor declared Rybolovlev a “formal suspect” in the graft probe. According to early reports, the detention and questioning of Rybolovlev was based on allegations of corruption, trafficking […]

Highly Anticipated Salvator Mundi Display is Delayed Indefinitely

The Louvre in Abu Dhabi has announced further delays to the highly anticipated public display of the world’s most expensive painting, Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi. This comes at a time of major speculation regarding the piece’s authenticity, with some claims that it was in fact done by a student of Da Vinci and not […]