Lost Leonardo Film

The Lost Leonardo

October 03, 2021

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

The inside story behind the "Salvator Mundi," the most expensive painting ever sold at $450 million.

21/22 Hop Film

In 2008, the world's most distinguished Leonardo Da Vinci experts gathered around an easel at the National Gallery in London to examine a mysterious painting—an unassuming Salvator Mundi (Latin for Savior of the World). Despite not seeking experts' formal opinions, the National Gallery presents the Salvator Mundi as an autographed Leonardo da Vinci painting in their 2011 blockbuster exhibition, setting in motion one of the most beguiling and perplexing art stories of our time.

Filmed over a three-year period, Leonardo meticulously unveils the whole story behind the Salvator Mundi and unfolds as a real-life thriller featuring major characters from the world of art, finance, and politics including the restorer Dianne Modestini – who speaks in the film about her role in the evolution of the painting for the first time.

Director Andreas Koefoed positions this stranger-than-fiction story squarely at the intersection of capitalism and myth-making, posing the question: is this $450 million painting actually by Leonardo, or do certain powerful players simply want it to be? D: Andreas Koefoed, US/UK, 2021

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