The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World's Most Expensive Painting

The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World's Most Expensive Painting

An epic quest exposes hidden truths about Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi, the recently discovered masterpiece that sold for $450 million?and might not be the real thing. For two centuries, art dealers and historians searched in vain for the Holy Grail of art history: a portrait of Christ as the Salvator Mundi ("Savior of the World") by Leonardo da Vinci. At last, in 2005 a An epic quest exposes hidden truths about Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi, the recently discovered masterpiec...

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Title:The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World's Most Expensive Painting
Author:Ben Lewis
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Genres:Art
ISBN:1984819259
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World's Most Expensive Painting Reviews

  • SibylM
    Sep 01, 2019
    3.5 stars. ...
  • Leanne
    Aug 25, 2019
    It was mid-summer 2011 when the news broke that a long-lost Leonardo da Vinci painting had been found. Apparently, a New York City art dealer noticed the picture at an estate sale in Louisiana and purchased it for around $10,000 (probably more like $1000). This occurred back in 2005, a...
  • Jill Hutchinson
    Aug 14, 2019
    In 2017 a new high in the worth of a piece of art (a solitary painting) was set when the Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World) by Leonardo da Vinci was sold for $450 million dollars. It was the most anticipated auction in years since this was the "Holy Grail" of the art world and hadn't...
  • Sue
    Jun 30, 2019
    The Last Leonardo is an exhaustive look at one painting, Salvator Mundi, thought to be a previously unacknowledged original by Leonardo da Vinci. In this detailed ?life of? the painting, Lewis presents a useful biography of Leonardo along with background on his painting techniques ...
  • Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
    Jul 18, 2019
    For more reviews and bookish posts please visit: http://www.ManOfLaBook.com The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World?s Most Expensive Painting by Ben Lewis is a non-fiction book about Leonardo da Vinci?s small oil painting the Salvator Mundi, sold at auction for $450 mil...
  • megan
    Jul 08, 2019
    Not sure who the intended audience was for this book, which would have benefitted from more rigorous editing. It explains basic art world concepts so is clearly not intended for specialists, yet gets into minutia relevant to only select art historians, so doesn't seem like a piece for ...
  • MountainShelby
    Aug 29, 2019
    Like so many others, I'm an amateur layperson in the art world, with only enough experience and formal training to know that I dont know much of anything. I followed the Salvator Mundi news, documentaries, etc., then turned to other sources for more if not better information on the con...
  • Lorna
    Aug 09, 2019
    The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World's Most Expensive Painting was a most engaging and meticulously researched book describing the search for what the author, Ben Lewis, describes as "the Holy Grail of art history." The focus is on a portrait of Christ, the Salvator Mundi, ...
  • Mary Rose
    Jul 12, 2019
    My full review can be found on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK4G7... The Last Leonardo is a refreshing look at one of the most curious works of art that has surfaced in the art market lately. This was not my first encounter with the Salvator Mundi, as I worked as an...
  • Mac
    Jul 29, 2019
    The Last Leonardo has it all, insights into the many dimensions of the art world--the life of Leonardo da Vinci, a genius, and one of the world's greatest painters, a man with a quirky personality...a portrait of Christ in the Salvator Mundi, perhaps one of Leonardo's paintings, ignore...
  • Debbie Morrison
    Aug 21, 2019
    The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the Word?s Most Expensive Painting is about the Salvator Mundi, a painting (allegedly) by Leonardo da Vinci. It has a shadowy past which makes for good reading. It reads like an art thriller (if there is such a thing) complete with Russian oliga...
  • Ximena Apisdorf
    Jul 25, 2019
    Amazing reading ...
  • Tawney
    Aug 11, 2019
    I received this book compliments of Random House through the Goodreads giveaway program. There is an old painting in poor condition. Maybe it's a Leonardo. Who decides? How do they decide? What is the process? What are the criteria? What's this stuff about connoisseurship, provenanc...
  • Mich
    Sep 14, 2019
    This is a scholarly book that takes apart and then puts back together the story of the so- called last painting by Leonardo, the Salvador Mundi, a depiction of Christ holding his right hand in a blessing pose and in his left hand an orb, the symbol of the earth. In 2005 this painting w...
  • Thomas Stama
    Sep 04, 2019
    I loved this non fiction work about the most recent art sensation the Salvator Mundi. Its discovery, restoration and documentation were most revealing. The controversies that are a part of it reflect the world. I love that the author chose to grapple with the world culture and economic...
  • Erin
    Sep 24, 2019
    Goodreads giveaway win! ...
  • Michael
    Jul 02, 2019
    Fascinating insight into the history of art dealing through the frame of the story of the Salvator Mundi. Full of interesting historical events and commentary on the corrupt relationships between dealers, museums and owners. Extraordinary. ...
  • Netta
    May 12, 2019
    If this is the only book about Leonardo da Vinci that you ever read, don?t waste your time. You?d be lost in the crazy, shadowy world of those who love Leonardo, study Leonardo and dare to write about him, eliminating myths and lies (though more often creating them). If you already...
  • Art
    Aug 06, 2019
    A very interesting tale of a recently discovered da Vinci (maybe!) bought for $1,175 and two owners later acquired for $400 million by MbS. Great insight into the world of billionaire collectors (oligarchs, entrepreneurs and such with off-shore bank accounts looking to hide assets) art...
  • Lynne M
    Jul 29, 2019
    "The Last Leonardo" by Ben Lewis is about the maybe-but-no-definitive-proof-Leonardo daVinci (which means Leonardo from Vinci, Italy. Who knew?) painting called the Salvadore Mundi (Savior of the world) that sold at Christies for $450 million dollars in 2017. Turns out there are mul...
  • Hayley
    Aug 19, 2019
    A slow read, but interesting. ...
  • Dawn Myers
    Jul 03, 2019
    Amazing research. ...
  • William Dury
    Sep 01, 2019
    Bought at a New Orleans auction auction house estate sale for $1,175, the painting, painstakingly restored by Diane Modestini over a period of years and touted as being by Leonardo da Vinci, eventually fetched $450.3 million at a Christie?s auction. Dizzying valuation aside, the pain...
  • Castles
    Aug 16, 2019
    An artist works in his studio. He thinks and thinks, then approach to make another brush stroke. Maybe he runs his finger around a shape to make the famous sfumato effect, maybe he steps back and sees how the painting looks from afar. Then he walks around his studio, giving tips to his...
  • Ellen
    Aug 05, 2019
    This was not nearly as good a book as it should have been. Ben Lewis qualifications are admirable and his ideas about the story are there, but the structure just doesn't work. The book is subtitled "The Secret Lives of the World's Most Expensive Painting." Well that's just not what...
  • Claudia
    Jul 20, 2019
    Sold for $450 million dollars at auction in 2017, this version of Salvator Mundi set a new high price for a piece of artwork. Yet controversial because experts can not agree if it was actually created by Leonardo da Vinci, one of his apprentices or just an unknown artist from the early...
  • Asgeir Sigfusson
    Oct 20, 2019
    I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. I could probably be counted as a Da Vinci fan. I read Walter Isaacson's biography earlier this year and loved it. Hell, I even liked "Hudson Hawk!" I was excited to read this book, especially since I recalled the media coverage o...
  • Heather Bennett
    Jun 10, 2019
    The Last Leonardo is a interesting and informative book on the most expensive painting and the story behind it. Ben Lewis has done his research and the book is well written. ...
  • Marks54
    Aug 19, 2019
    There are lots of ways to become interested in reading ?The Last Leonardo? by Ben Lewis (TLL). At one level, the motivation for the book is clear - the painting featured in the book experienced the most rapid price increase ever in the history of art (from a few dozen pounds in 195...
  • Jquick99
    Jul 21, 2019
    I would have liked this so much more if it was edited down about half. I?m very interested in the topic, but really thought it dragged down in telling the back story. There?s also repeating of information which didn?t help. I also don?t like it when the author involves hims...