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The $ 450M Leonardo bought in auction $ 1000, authenticity contested.

Jacques Franck specialized in the pictorial technique of Leonardo da Vinci, and painter himself ( delivers to Journal des Arts a preview of the new attribution of the Salvator Mundi.

Jacques Franck is going to publish a book concerning the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci. He excludes that Leonardo da Vinci painted the $ 450M artwork.

He sees weakness in the drawing of the clothes and especially in the hands. This weakness is in complete contradiction with the art of Leonardo da Vinci, who is a perfectionist when it comes to the anatomy of an individual.

Jacques Franck believes that Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (1467-1516) is the artist who painted the Salvator Mundi.

Major experts question the attribution to Leonardo da Vinci.

Matthew Landrus, a Leonardo scholar, believes most of the painting is by a Leonardo da Vinci studio assistant Bernardino Luini.

Frank Zöllner, a German art historian at the University of Leipzig, believes the Salvator Mundi could be a high-quality product of Leonardo's workshop or even a later follower.

Carmen Bambach, a curator at the Metropolitan Museum (BA, MA, and Ph.D., Yale University; fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences), is a specialist in Italian Renaissance art. She has authored more than seventy scholarly articles and ten exhibition catalogs, including Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer (2017), The Drawings of Bronzino (2010), An Italian Journey (2010), Leonardo da Vinci: Master Draftsman (2003).

Carmen Bambach is also advancing the name of Boltraffio.

Besides the academic contestation, we discovered a very well documented article in the " Vulture" about the provenance of the painting. How to turn a $1000 art-auction pickup into a $ 450M sale?

We advise reading this article to understand how the art world is functioning.

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