Salvator Mundi - Leonardo da Vinci. circa 1500.
"Salvator Mundi" is Latin phrase meaning "Saviour of the World", which is Jesus Christ, with His right hand raised like that (in sacred paintings it describes blessing) and his left hand holding an crystal sphere.
For me personally, aside from sfumato techinque that Da Vinci did best, I am very fascinated with the crystal sphere. The usage of crystal and the orb-shaped is something to explore, eventhough I haven't done any thorough research of this and contextual meaning of the painting.
From my first glance, I know that orbs are common picturized in Papal or Monarchical portraiture paintings, but I haven't connect it to the date of when this tradition started. Personally I found the orb is explaining the title "Salvator Mundi" itself, showing that at that time Da Vinci claimed also that the World is round, orb-shaped, and the orb is showing the "World is in His Hand"
I'm open for this masterpiece discussion, and fyi, This painting was sold $ 450,312,500 (which is IDR 6,529,531,250,000) which makes this the most expensive painting ever to be sold.
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