The Salvator Mundi Print Mystery

The Salvator Mundi Print Mystery

I first noticed this report online on the 15th of November, and it’s kept popping up in my news alert feed day after day since!

The report covers a story regarding Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi print…which wasn’t actually a print after all!

Now some experts believe that the painting had nothing to do with the famous artist in the first place…

Saviour of the World

Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, or ‘Saviour of the World’, made headlines in the art world when it finally sold for a whopping $460 million at auction.

Saviour of the World

The mad thing about this sale is that it originally went for the measly sum of $45 at a 1950’s auction, because experts believed it to be a print/copy.

The Mystery of the Orb

But is the 500 year old painting actually the work of Leonardo da Vinci after all?

Recent examinations of the piece had led certain experts to believe it couldn’t possibly have been painted by da Vinci.

The Mystery of the Orb


Well, the painting is believed to have been painted by the famous artist when he was 48 years of age. At this time he had been deeply invested in studying physics and optics.

The orb that is being held in the painting appears to be much too basic for a genius who had this knowledge of optics.

According to biographer Walter Isaacson, the orb has nowhere near the detail of diffraction or reflection that daVinci would surely have included.

He also believes that the famous artist would have taken more care about including the reflection of the hand which is holding the orb.

The Salvator Mundi Print Mystery

Well it’s certainly not a print – and it’s certainly worth a lot more than the original $45 price…

But was it painted by Leonardo da Vinci?

Da Vinci would have never made such a mistake – at least not accidentally.

The Painting

So the questions remain – did he leave these details out on purpose?

What is the symbolism behind these missing reflections? (if any)

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

7 comments on “The Salvator Mundi Print Mystery

  1. I wonder if my comment will get through this time. Different browser.

    The sphere is supposed to represent the Cosmos = the “heavens” which I presume is the night sky. The night sky is not reflective, so why would Da Vinci portray it as being shiny? It’s him, not his doubters, who was thinking clearly.

    1. Yeah that’s a decent shout Fred – it’s not reflective is it (night).
      Yeah all the comments get through eventually – they hit a queue system but they all get seen (eventually!) 🙂

  2. Because our Lord is light, He casts no shadow, no reflection can be captured in His presence. Also, the Orb prominently displays 3 stars which form a triangle – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Orb is the earth – His creation.

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