For dealers, galleries, exhibitions, and hype that consider the solemn art world — its sky-high prices, respectable names, and moldy certificates — is nothing but a well-designed scam that separates millions from the rich , “Lost Leonardo” has a story dedicated to you.
It was well received at the opening of the Tribeca Film Festival in June, and arrived in Boston’s Kendall Square and Coolidge Point Theater on August 27.Danish documentary director Andreas Koefoed follows the search for money, trying to understand how the damaged paintings of classical masters bought for $1,100 turned into “The Lost Leonardo” A painting of Christ by the Italian Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci was sold at auction for a staggering $450 million. Koefoed started in 2018, just a few months after Christie’s auction became global headlines, the painting “Salvador Mundi” [Latin for ‘Savior of the World’], Sold to Saudi ruler Muhammad bin Salman.
Ask: Andreas, what we see here is basically a group of people talking about the last Leonardo who has disappeared but has now been found. Can anyone explain? I believe it is listed as King Charles I and Charles II England’s property, and belonged to the Royal Collection. It didn’t make it to the United States until 1900. New Orleans. Anyone know the exact location?
Andreas Cofferde: This is not entirely correct. The first part is correct. When these two guys found it, they bought it for $1,100.They brought it to the art restorer, the woman [in the film] His husband passed away recently. He said that the piece was “the work a great artist”.
Q: What’s her name?
AL: Diana Dwyer Modestini.
Question: She appears to be such an intelligent and culturally-focused beautiful little girl. She was also accused of creating Leonardo by painting like Leonardo. I have the entire top of the painting. She is creating the “Savior” in essence. Are you a believer or not?
AK: I don’t think so. The problem with this painting is that so many things have been lost, I believe. A painting’s owner has two options. They can either repair the painting in a more archeological manner. They can also try to restore the painting to a piece of art they feel is more vivid. This method is widely recognized in the art world. This is more American than the “American” approach. You are trying to make it seem like it was 500years ago. She did it. However, this doesn’t mean she has painted the whole picture. She is meticulous. She explains how she approached the project and was careful when fixing it. Leonardo’s paints are not suitable for her. So she fills in the gaps.
Q: There are still blockbusters [that runs through a section of the painting], Because there is a knot on the wood.
AK: Yes. This is another challenge. The knot in the painting will eventually break. This was not actually shown in the movie. However, it was split into seven parts. And then put it back. This is awesome, I think. It is possible to have a truly amazing masterpiece but it will eventually be a piece of wood. You can then reassemble it and you will have the most expensive painting anywhere in the world. This is almost unbelievable.
Q: Talking of absurdity, Jerry Saltz, New York Magazine’s art critic, criticized the auction house’s sensitivity, saying that it was only for money and had nothing to do Leonardo. ——This is ridiculous. He refuses to believe that this Leonardo is real. He yelled at the whole thing multiple times throughout the movie. It is going to be used, a little like people’s voice. Another angle might be to look at the secret romance caused by high funding and high risk.
AK: I think it’s important to have both sides and two camps. The painting does not have two camps. Jerry Salz is an art critic. He is not an expert on Renaissance art. He is an important voice. He is well-known and has many followers. We included him in the movie to show his voice. You could say it is the voice of the people. It is there because it represents what Dianne Modestini was against. This painting was created by her for four years. She tried her best. She was then subject to all kinds of criticism. She had no choice but to defend herself and to show her point. She is now facing a force she will never defeat. Jerry Saltz is one such voice. Jerry Salz is unable to be certain that this is Leonardo. But what he points out are all these mechanisms surrounding the painting.Large institutions like the National Gallery [London] They have huge vested interests with Christie’s to make this Leonardo da Vinci, and this is where he mainly criticizes.