First footage of 'Salvator Mundi'

October 31 2011

Image of First footage of 'Salvator Mundi'

Picture: BBC

In case you missed it last night, you can still see Fiona Bruce's programme on the newly discovered Leonardo here. I thought the picture looked compelling - from my sofa. I was fascinated to see the x-ray images; the damage, mainly caused by a knot in the wooden panel, is clearly quite extensive, but has been dealt with very well.

I find it puzzling that Leonardo didn't take more care about selecting his support - I don't think Holbein, for example, would have dared use a panel with a knot in it.  

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