Louvre museum & # 39; makes an offer & # 39; to owner of $ 450 million Da Vinci painting Salvator Mundi in an attempt to convince them to show it at the exhibition in Paris
- The Salvator Mundi is said to have been sold in 2017 to the Saudi prince Badr bin Abdullah
- It was claimed that he acted on behalf of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
- The Louvre has a & # 39; offer & # 39; done to show it at the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in Paris
- Abu Dhabi has not made any immediate comments from the Louvre in Paris or outpost
- It was intended to be displayed in September 2018, but was postponed
The Louvre museum has a & # 39; range & # 39; done to the owner of & # 39; the world's most expensive painting to have it displayed in a Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in Paris, said a French cultural head of the Thursday.
The world-famous Salvator Mundi has not been seen in public since it was sold for $ 450 million at a Christie's auction in 2017, amid speculation that it was purchased on behalf of the actual ruler of Saudi Arabia.
Organizers of the blockbuster Louvre exhibition, which opened last week, have not ruled out a final appearance for the painting.
The painting Salvator Mundi (photo) by Leonardo da Vinci is no longer visible since it was sold for $ 450 million at a Christie's auction in 2017
The Wall Street Journal reported for the first time that the painting was purchased by the Saudi prince Badr bin Abdullah, who had acted in the name of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of the kingdom. Riyadh has never confirmed or denied that report.
& # 39; The painting in the Louvre exhibition would have been a win-win situation for all parties involved. "I'm sad … but the doors are still open," said Chris Dercon, president of the French-led cultural body, Rmn Grand Palais.
& # 39; I have every reason to believe that the directors and curators of the Louvre … have made an offer for the owner or owners of this fantastic Salvator Mundi. There is still a way to share this work not only with the specialists, but also with the public. & # 39;
The Louvre (photo, file image) made an offer to the owner to try to show the masterpiece in a Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in Paris, said a French cultural head of the Thursday
During the FII (Future Investment Initiative) conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh, Dercon did not address the terms of the offer.
There was no immediate comment from the Louvre in Paris, or the outpost in Abu Dhabi.
The work in which Jesus Christ is portrayed, coming from the darkness, blessing the world with one hand while holding a transparent sphere in the other hand, has not been seen in public since the sale.
The artwork is said to have been purchased by the Saudi prince Badr bin Abdullah (photo on the right), on behalf of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (photo)
The United Arab Emirates Culture Ministry said that Badr bin Abdullah was the owner and that the painting would be on display at the Louvre Abu Dhabi in September 2018.
Then, to the great surprise, the UAE said hanging was delayed.
& # 39; Cultural ownership is not about materials or objects or just about money or financing, & # 39; said Dercon.
& # 39; Genuine cultural property must be earned and is about sharing. & # 39;
The Louvre exhibition runs until 24 February.
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