The sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “Salvator Mundi” rocked the art world by going under the hammer for a sweet $450m. Thought to have been lost or destroyed, this painting has turned haeds in more than one way! Some feel the work is a fake and that the auction was a money laundering exercise due to several reasons;
Saltz said that the painting had been painted over so many times, that hardly any of the work that can be seen belonged to the original artist.
He wrote: ‘Not only does it look like a dreamed-up version of a missing da Vinci, various X-ray techniques show scratches and gouges in the work, paint missing, a warping board, a beard here and gone, and other parts of the painting obviously brushed up and corrected to make this probable copy look more like an original.’
There is an old discussion of the models that da Vinci used. It appears that he kept using the same one(s) and according to some research that Sherry Putnam dug up, da Vinci was rather deeply involved with certain people…
It’s possibly the pope’s son …. Cesare Borgia is in the book entitled Triptych of Poisoners, and is also in the book entitled Cesare Borgia His Life and Times by Sarah Bradford. Between 1502 and 1503, he employed Leonardo da Vinci as a military architect and engineer, in which him and Leonardo da Vinci became intimate instantaneously, they were lovers. To express his love towards Cesare, Leonardo painted many pictures of him. Cesare’s Father Rodrigo Borgia, who later became Pope Alexander VI, under the authority of the Catholic Church Elite, had his sons picture put up as Jesus Christ in the Western World. Cesare had sex with his own sister Lucrezia, and he killed his brother Giovanni in 1497, and this is the man whom the Catholic Church gave their consent to allowing his picture to be put up and portrayed as Jesus Christ to deceive the whole world to think Christ was European. See what most people don’t know is, there was a competition during the time called the Renaissance period, between Leonardo da Vinci and the well known Michelangelo. The competition was to see who could impress the king by a making a new image of the King’s son that would deceive the world, in which Leonardo da Vinci won the competition…..
And now, the history of this picture may develop even further.
Many are also aware of another theory behind one of da vinci’s most talked about creations. The last supper!
The theory revolves around the two central characters.. Jesus Christ and John the Baptist, or is it Mary Magdalene??
Many believe it is Mary and that Jesus was married to her but the church decided to cover this up and turn her into something really nasty and despised. Anyway, this theory has been floating around for quite a while and you can see, quite easily, as to why this work leaves so many pondering.
And this is the bridge that connects us to ‘Salvator Mundi’.
It may very well be an image of the “Christ” so many have come to love and recognise, but there is a second person hidden in this art work. Just looking at it makes you feel a bit awkward. You can see the face but there is something not quite right about it. For an artist such as da Vinci to create something that wasn’t quite right seems to suggest he wasn’t feeling well or ‘under the influence’ of too much wine at the time. There are several details that stick out like a sore thumb, but the main one relates to the eyes, but don’t you think the neck is rather thick? The chest eminates outwards and this thick, trunk of a neck reaches up to have an oddly proportioned head placed on top of it.
So let’s take a look at the area of the eyes and try to see what is wrong.
The eye on your right is looking straight at you. The eye on your left appears to be looking in another direction, over towards the eye on the right. The right eye is also larger, the eyelids are have more of a flow to them whilst the left eye is more almond shaped. The right eye is deeper set due to a bolder eyebrow. The left eyebrow appears to be much shorter in strength and tapers off into the skull before reaching the temple. We can also see the tear duct area far more clearly in the right eye than we can in the left. What’s even more unusual about the left eye in its entirity is that it appears to have been painted at a slight profile. It looks as though it is twisting around to show that it is not part of this one head, but actually two people combined. A Male and a Female. The male eye is on your right, the female on your left. Also take note of the distance between the inner corner of each eye to the nose. The right eye is much closer.
We also need to take a better look at the face in closer detail as there are some markers there that hint at something ‘extra’ in the image.
I am fully aware that no face is symetrical, but when it comes to the overall structure of one face, it tends to, generally, remain very similar. There are things here that are not!
Firstly, there is a good difference between the shape of the eyebrow ridges. One strongly defined, the other more subtle and gentle. We see the same thing with the cheek bones. The one on your right is stronger, more defined, has some meet on it whilst the one on your left is, again, more subtle, dainty. Even the cheeks themselves are different. The left is fuller and puffy, whilst the right looks rugged and weather worn. Then take a good look at the nose. It looks twisted, as though two noses were formed into one.
And out of my usual kind of curiosity, I thought if these proportions are so out of whack, then maybe we really are looking at two different people, so I mirrored both halves.
The left image looks neither male nor female (so we could still end up with the “it’s John” argument) but does tend to lean a lot more towards the female in comparison to the face on the right, which is definitely male. But what else could there be that hints of two people, or even a union of them for that matter?
The chest sits there, bold as brass, hinting at two possibilities. The right side has a large muscular effect whilst the left is tender and slopes down towards the hint of a breast. The gold banner on the right lies falt and solid across the chest, whilst on the right the gold banner bends its way across a mound causing shadow to fall in the more central region. Carefully painted lines showing the folds in the blue cloth across the chest are far more straight and flat on the right, whilst the left have a ‘gentle rolling’ to them, again hinting at a female breast beneath the cloth.
The raised hand is also in my spotlight. It looks like it is two hands blended into one. The palm of the hand looks strong and heavy, a workers hand (Jesus was a carpenter after all) but the fingers are slender, gentle and appear soft to touch. They lack the ‘meat’ that the palm has. The fingers are the feminine part of this section.
The colours of the clothing may also be relevant. We clearly see the blue, but on the sleeve under the hand there is white and a dark red. Blue for the colour of the Royal blood that flows in the veins. White for purity, and the dark red for the females monthly cycle.
Finally, we come to the problem as to what that crystal ball is for. Why in hell would Christ be holding a crystal ball? What was he doing? Scrying to get the word of the lord beamed down to him in visions and apparitions and special powers of transmutation? Surely, this is not the right sort of thing to be fitted into this piece, unless da Vinci had his reasons. The fingers on the raised hand are the male phallic whilst the ball is the female “egg”, the womb, mother Earth..
Da Vinci has bonded Mary and Jesus together in holy matrimony for all time in this one painting. The three dots in the ball could be argued to be many things, including the Holy trinity, but they could also hint at the fact that the two people in this painting created a third!
And just to add a few more images for comparison.. Salvators supper surprise…
Is this da Vinci’s second confession that Jesus was amrried to Mary, considering that it is well known that two halves become one once married so what better way to tell this, albeit in a secretive manner, than in an image of two halves? I’ll leave it to you to do the comparing on those 🙂