The Louvre in Paris is in negotiations to exhibit the most expensive painting in the world next to what is arguably the most famous painting in the world: in 2019, the painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci “Salvator Mundi“, which recently changed hands for US $ 450 million, will go to the Parisian Museum, which also houses the masterpiece “La Gioconda”, better known as “Mona Lisa”.
Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director of the Louvre museum, stated in an interview with RTL radio, that exhibiting the Salvator Mundi alongside the Mona Lisa in the context of a Leonardo da Vinci exhibition for the celebration of the Grand Louvre’s 30th Anniversary was under negotiation.
“We hope to see ‘Salvator Mundi’ in Paris, ” Martinez said. “The goal is to gather the greatest number of works by Leonardo.” He added: “The Louvre has five Leonardo da Vinci paintings of the 15 that exist. That’s to say one third of the collection. … ‘Salvator Mundi’ is an exception. Should we have tried to acquire it? The answer was no.”
The image of Christ “Salvator Mundi” was already shown in 2012 in a Leonardo show at the London National Gallery. The exhibition was preceded by extensive restoration work and research. Although the museum affirmed the authenticity of the painting by including it in the show, doubts about its authenticity were never completely silenced.
In 2019, the 30th anniversary of the pyramid designed by architect I. M. Pei in the courtyard of the Louvre will be celebrated.