There is something so obvious, so crude, about Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Cecilia Gallerani that it might seem beneath discussion. The 16-year-old mistress of the ruler of Milan, Ludovico Sforza, is stroking an ermine. The creature is white, furry and bony. Scholars have written reams about this ermine's significance as an allegory of purity. To my mind, with its long snout and serpentine body, her pet looks unmistakably phallic – and her control of it suggests that Sforza has been tamed by his young mistress. Leonardo's Cecilia has sloping, slender shoulders, white skin over delicate collarbones, a pale throat adorned with a black necklace, an exquisitely elongated face with a superb nose. She is turning to look at someone, perhaps at Sforza himself. This sidewards turn gives the artist an unselfconscious view of her, and in it one senses the depth of Leonardo's fascination. It is not just Sforza who adores Cecilia. From this portrait, it looks as if the painter would like … [Read more...] about The lusts of Leonardo da Vinci
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Who needs binge watching when you have Aaron Paul around? Paul, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Wednesday, delivered a three-minute synopsis of the hit series, two days ahead of the Netflix debut of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. The 40-year-old reminded the audience about the storyline of the show, in which he co-starred as Jesse Pinkman along leading man Bryan Cranston's Walter White character. Efficient: Aaron Paul, 40, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Wednesday, delivered a three-minute synopsis of the hit series, two days ahead of the Netflix debut of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, which is set to begin streaming Friday on the service 'So, there's this chemistry teacher named Walt who gets cancer,' said Paul, who shot to fame on the AMC series that aired from 2008 until 2013. The Emmett, Idaho-born actor then went over key details on the Albuquerque, New Mexico-set series, which spanned five seasons and was a mainstream hit by the end of its run. RELATED ARTICLES … [Read more...] about Aaron Paul gives Breaking Bad synopsis in less than three minutes ahead of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Will it or won’t it appear? This is the question being asked across the art world about the Salvator Mundi - the first Leonardo to be discovered for more than a century - as the Louvre prepares for its blockbuster da Vinci exhibition. With just under two weeks to go before the show opens, there are now serious doubts as to whether the star of the exhibition will be included, as the Paris museum had hoped. The world’s most expensive painting, a depiction of Jesus in Renaissance dress, which sold at auction in 2017 for $450m, would draw huge crowds. Described as a devotional counterpart to the Mona Lisa, Leonardo’s most famous work, it is said to have an “extraordinary, communicative presence”. But the arts world is awash with rumours that its appearance looks unlikely. The Art Newspaper goes further and claims the painting will not feature. A spokeswoman for the Louvre told the Observer: “I confirm the Louvre has asked for the loan of the Salvator … [Read more...] about The mystery of the missing Leonardo: where is Da Vinci’s $450m Jesus?
Salvator Mundi, the long-lost Leonardo da Vinci painting of Jesus Christ commissioned by King Louis XII of France more than 500 years ago, has sold at Christie’s in New York for $450.3m, including auction house premium, shattering the world record for any work of art sold at auction. The sale generated a sustained 20 minutes of tense telephone bidding as the auctioneer Jussi Pylkkänen juggled rival suitors before a packed crowd of excited onlookers in the salesroom. At one point, Pylkkänen remarked: “Historic moment, we’ll wait” as the the bidding went back and forth, pausing at just over $200m as it rose to break the auction record. At one point, a telephone bidder jumped in, pushing the price from $332m to $350m. The bidding then resumed: $353m, $355m. A jump to $370. A jump to $400m. “Thank you all for your bidding,” said Pylkkänen. “Four hundred million selling here at Christie’s. The piece is sold.” The saleroom … [Read more...] about Leonardo da Vinci painting sells for $450m at auction, smashing records
A blockbuster exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s works at the Louvre could be without one of his most famous works after an Italian court suspended its loan to the Paris museum following a last-minute legal challenge. Italia Nostra, a heritage group, argued that Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man drawing, currently in Venice, was too fragile to be transported and risked being damaged by the lighting in the Louvre if displayed for a long period. The court’s decision is the latest hurdle in a plan to bring together Leonardo’s works in Paris to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death that first hit problems when Italy’s former populist government – often at odds with Emmanuel Macron, the French president, on issues such as migration – threatened to block the initiative in its entirety. The exhibition is due to open on 24 October. Italia Nostra warned that because the Vitruvian Man could only be displayed for short periods at a time … [Read more...] about Leonardo da Vinci work ‘too fragile’ to be transported to France