FILE- In this Oct. 24, 2017, file photo, people gather around Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" on display at Christie's auction rooms in London. The rare painting of Christ, which that sold for a record $450 million, is heading to a museum in Abu Dhabi. The newly-opened Louvre Abu Dhabi made the announcement in a tweet on Wednesday, Dec. 6. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
Louvre Abu Dhabi to put ‘Salvator Mundi’ on display Sept. 18
Associated Press / 06:45 PM June 27, 2018
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Louvre Abu Dhabi will put Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “Salvator Mundi” on display from Sept. 18.
Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism made the announcement in a statement Wednesday about the Renaissance oil painting of Christ, whose name in Latin means “Savior of the World.” The painting depicts a blue-robed Jesus holding a crystal orb and gazing directly at the viewer.
The painting sold for $450 million during a record-breaking auction in New York at Christie’s in November.
Western diplomats say a Saudi royal acting as a proxy for Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was the buyer. The Saudi Embassy in Washington says the Saudi royal purchased the painting on behalf of the museum in Abu Dhabi, which opened just days before the auction. NVG