Da Vinci ‘Salvator Mundi’ painting stolen from Naples basilica is found in a local flat

The priceless painting “Salvator Mundi” by the Leonardo School of Christ, stolen from the Basilica of Naples two years ago, is in a local apartment

  • A copy of the world-famous painting by Salvator Mundi was found in an apartment in Naples
  • The Leonardo painting was stolen from the Basilica of Naples two years ago
  • Police found works of art in a nearby apartment and arrested the 36-year-old Neapolitan

A copy of the world-famous oil painting Salvator Mundi, which was stolen from a basilica in Naples two years ago, was found in an apartment in the southern Italian city.

Italian news agency AGI reported that the 15th-century artwork, widely attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci, was stolen two years ago from the Muscettola Chapel in the Basilica of San Domenico Maggiore in Naples.

Police found the painting in a room in an apartment on Strada Provinciale delle Brecce in Naples. The apartment owner, a 36-year-old, was tracked down near the property and arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen goods.

Agents of the crimes against the cultural heritage of the Air Force of Naples show the “Salvator Mundi”, a painting from the Leonardo school from the 15th century

The agents found the painting hidden in an apartment on Via Strada Provinciale delle Brecce

The agents found the painting hidden in an apartment on Via Strada Provinciale delle Brecce

Salvator Mundi, a representation of Christ as the savior of the world, is said to be around 1500 for Louis XII Having been painted shortly after the French king conquered the Duchy of Milan and took control of Genoa.

The original is the most expensive painting ever sold at auction, and it breaks all records at Christie’s in New York in 2017 when it was purchased by Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al Saud for $ 450,300,000.

The painting shows Jesus in Renaissance clothing making the sign of the cross with his right hand while he holds a transparent, non-refracting crystal ball in his left.

It is known that around 20 other versions of the work of students and followers of Da Vinci were made with preparatory chalk and ink drawings of the master’s curtains in the British Royal Collection.

Italian news agency AGI reported that the painting, widely attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci, was part of the Doma collection in the Basilica of San Domenico Maggiore in Naples

Italian news agency AGI reported that the painting, widely attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci, was part of the Doma collection in the Basilica of San Domenico Maggiore in Naples

LEONARDO DA VINCI WAS A RENAISSANCE POLYMATE

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, better Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, was one of the greatest people of the last millennium.

The polymath was a driving force behind the Renaissance, engaging in invention, painting, sculpture, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography.

He was credited with developing the parachute, helicopter, and tank.

He was born in 1452 in what is now Italy and died in France at the age of 67.

After being born out of wedlock as a visionary, he worked in Milan, Rome, Bologna and Venice.

His most famous works include the Mona Lisa, the Last Supper, and the Vitruvian Man.

Another work of art, called Salvator Mundi, was sold at Christie’s 2017 auction in New York for a world record of $ 450.3 million (£ 343 million).

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