This week I had a message from a dear friend in Zurich Switzerland with a link to an article about a Leonardo da Vinci painting coming to San Francisco. What? Really? The article in SF Lux magazine Mundi comes to San Francisco, reading further I found that yes it's true, the painting Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci was to be previewed by Christie's auction at Minnesota Street Project for just a few days. The painting iit is to be auctioned off on November 15th 2017 at Rockefeller Plaza. It appears that it will be expected to sell for just a cool $100 Million, wow.
In my undergraduate days I did study the Italian Renaissance yet now I could not remember this piece. Thank you Wikipedia, "Salvator Mundi is a painting of Christ as Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World) recently attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, who is known to have painted the subject. It was lost and later rediscovered, and restored and exhibited in 2011. The painting shows Christ, in Renaissance dress, giving a benediction with his raised right hand and crossed fingers while holding a crystal sphere in his left hand."
Long story short Friday afternoon at 3:45 on my way home I realized, The Leonardo, I can't miss this. Found a place to park and at 4:00 found my place at the end of a very long line wrapping around the corner, crossing my fingers I would make it in. Yes i hour later I made it, the 4 minutes I had with Salvator Mundi where the most exquisite 4 minutes i have had in a long while. Standing in front of this masterpiece was a rare and wonderful moment.