UAE debut delayed for world’s most expensive painting


One of Leonardo Da Vinci’s last paintings is to display in the UAE – but there’s been a delay of its unveiling.

Originally to be made public this month at Louvre Abu Dhabi, ‘Salvator Mundi’ will now be placed on display for the public later in the year.

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi acquired the painting in November 2017 with the aim of bringing an iconic piece of art history to the UAE.

From Paris, with Louvre: The wait is finally over

Presumed destroyed, the 500-year-old oil painting was rediscovered and restored in 2007 at the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Depicting the image of Christ dressed in robes, holding an orb in one hand, the piece is one of fewer than 20 works by Da Vinci left in the world. It’s also the world’s most expensive painting, after it sold for a record-breaking $450 million at an auction in New York at Christie’s in November.

We’re expecting an announcement soon on a new date for the unveiling.

Originally conceived 10 years ago in an agreement between France and Abu Dhabi, the Louvre Abu Dhabi finally opened its doors on Saturday, 11th November 2017. Adorned with a 180-metre patterned dome designed by architect Jean Nouvel, the museum features 23 galleries, an auditorium, a temporary exhibition space and a children’s museum for younger culture vultures.

General admission for adults is AED 60 and AED 30 for 13 to 22 year olds and education professionals. Children, people of determination and journalists go free! Open from 10am daily.

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