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5. A mistake in the painting Salvator Mundi
However, art experts have pointed out that the orb appears completely see-through, when in reality the light passing through the orb should appear distorted.Da Vinci’s biographer Walter Isaacson is among the art buffs questioning whether the artist “chose not to paint it that way, either because he thought it would be a distraction […] or because he was subtly trying to impart a miraculous quality to Christ and his orb.”According to the Guardian, Isaacson wrote: “Solid glass or crystal, whether shaped like an orb or a lens, produces magnified, inverted, and reversed images.”He added: “Instead, Leonardo painted the orb as if it were a hollow glass bubble that does not refract or distort the light passing through it.”
If you take a close look at the painting, you will notice that the sphere in Jesus’s hand is transparent. But Leonardo, who studied the laws of optics carefully, should’ve known that the background behind the crystal sphere cannot appear this way. The background should be enlarged and should appear out of focus.
The painting was initially attributed as a work by Leonardo’s follower, Bernardino Luini.An American businessman, who bought it 12 years ago at a small U.S. auction house for less £7,500, began to research its history.In 2011 the work was confirmed as a genuine Leonardo and unveiled publicly. It was the first discovery of a painting by Da Vinci since 1909.Christie’s this week announced it would be selling Salvator Mundi next month in New York.The auction house’s Loic Gouzer said: “Salvator Mundi is a painting of the most iconic figure in the world by the most important artist of all time.