Oil on wood panel
Louvre, Abu Dhabi, UAE
It is probable that Salvatore Mundi was commissioned by King Louis XVII of France following his 1499 conquest of Milan. The painting portrays Christ in the role of saviour of the world and master of the cosmos. To reflect this da Vinci uses such as the right hand of Christ with two fingers extended to give divine benediction and his left hand holding a sphere to represent the heavens. Salvatore Mundi is unusual in the showing of Christ in an humanist manner, as a man in renaissance attire.
Leonardo Da Vinci
Born: 15 April 1452, Anchiano, Italy
Died: 2 May 1519, Clos Lucé, Amboise, Italy
The spirit of Humanism abounded during the Italian High Renaissance and artists were deeply entrenched in the study of humanities to better themselves as people of the world. Termed as a Renaissance Man a person so immersed in the comprehension and accomplishment of such varied interests; Da Vinci was a prime exemplar. His exhaustive interests led to his mastery of multiple skills and he is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time