Italian Painting – Salvator Mundi Found
A stolen copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s 500-year-old Salvator Mundi was found by police in a Naples apartment. Authorities have returned the painting to a museum which had no idea it had gone missing.
Italian news agency AGI reported that the 15th-century artwork, widely attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci, had been stolen from the Muscettola Chapel in the Basilica di San Domenico Maggiore in Naples two years ago.
Officers said late Monday they had arrested the 36-year-old owner of the flat on suspicion of receiving stolen goods, after the painting was discovered in his bedroom cupboard.
The portrait was modelled on Leonardo’s famed depiction of Christ with one hand raised in blessing and the other holding a crystal orb. Numerous copies of the work were made during the artist’s lifetime by his students and assistants.
The painting was created in Rome before being brought to Naples by Giovanni Antonio Muscettola, an envoy and advisor to the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V. The copy is believed to be made in the early 1500s.