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Rediscovered Da Vinci painting may find home in Dallas

Published on Aug 18, 2012 4:29 PM

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - A recently rediscovered Leonardo Da Vinci painting valued at US$192 million (S$240.7 million) may find a new home at the Dallas Museum of Art, a spokesman for the museum said on Friday.

The Salvator Mundi (Savior Of The World) is currently at the Dallas Museum of Art and the museum has been "actively exploring the possibility of acquiring it," communications officer Jill Bernstein told Reuters. The painting, an image of Christ giving his blessing to the world with his right hand and holding a crystal orb in the left, was among the highlights of the "Leonardo Da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan" exhibition at the National Gallery in London last year.

The Dallas Museum's interest was first reported by Art in America magazine, which said the museum's new director Maxwell Anderson may be looking for "a destination painting" to attract crowds.

Da Vinci's painting, dated around the early 1500s, measures 26 by 18.5 inches. Commissioned by Louis XII of France in 1506, it was once documented as part of England's King Charles I's art collection in 1649, then auctioned off and forgotten.

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