November 17, 2021
General News

Where is the world’s most expensive painting?

The quality of the painting itself divides people. The US art critic Jerry Saltz rails in The Lost Leonardo that “it’s not even a good painting”, much less a great Leonardo, while true believers gush that seeing it in person is a transcendent experience. (Maybe so, but in the films and other reproduced images it does have a more cloying look).

Some of the most eye-opening commentary in both films isn’t even about art. In The Lost Leonardo, Evan Beard, a Bank of America executive who deals with art as investment, talks about the common buyers’ motive of using artworks as collateral for other financial manoeuvres. The film doesn’t take a stand on the painting’s attribution, but makes it clear that museums, dealers and potential buyers had millions to gain – along with incalculable prestige – by choosing to believe it is a true Leonardo.

‘Colourful characters’

A major turning point…

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