Da Vinci Painting Heads to Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum
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A Leonardo da Vinci painting of Jesus Christ that recently sold for a record $450 million is heading to the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The newly opened museum made the announcement this week.
The 500-year-old painting is called "Salvator Mundi," Latin for "Savior of the World." It is one of fewer than 20 da Vinci paintings known to exist.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi opened on November 11. The waterfront museum in the United Arab Emirates' capital city includes Middle Eastern objects and paintings, as well as works by Western artists.
Last month, Christie's auction house in New York City sold the painting for the most money ever paid for a piece of art at auction. The auction house did not say who the buyer was; it does not comment on the identities of buyers or sellers without their permission.
But the New York Times newspaper has reported that the buyer may have been a Saudi prince.
The 66-centimeter-tall painting dates to around 1500. It shows Jesus dressed in Renaissance-style clothing. His right hand is raised in blessing and his left hand is holding a crystal ball.
The painting was in a private collection of King Charles I of England. It disappeared from view until 1900, when a British collector bought it. At that time, it was thought to have been painted by a student of Leonardo rather than the master himself.
In 2005, a group of art dealers paid less than $10,000 for the artwork. It was badly damaged and partly painted over. They restored the work and proved that the painting was done by Leonardo da Vinci himself.
Before last month's record-breaking sale, the highest known sale price for any artwork had been $300 million for Willem de Kooning's painting "Interchange."
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1.rather than 宁愿；而不是
They wait for the group to decide rather than making individual decisions.
2.a group of 一组；一群
Suddenly the door opened and a group of children burst in.
3.private collection 私人收藏
Most of the paintings in the auction come from a private collection.
4.head to 朝着
She was motionless, legs bent below her red dress and head to one side.
5.The waterfront museum in the United Arab Emirates' capital city includes Middle Eastern objects and paintings, as well as works by Western artists.
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The criticisms are founded on facts as well as on convictions.
Whoever did him in removed a man who was brave as well as ruthless.
6.At that time, it was thought to have been painted by a student of Leonardo rather than the master himself.
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曾被拍出4.5亿美元的达芬奇作品——《救世主》将前往阿布扎比卢浮宫参展 。本周，这一新开的博物馆宣布了这一消息 。
这幅历史长达500年的画作名为“Salvator Mundi”，拉丁语为“救世主” 。这是达芬奇现存的不到20幅作品中的一幅 。
阿布扎比卢浮宫于11月11日对外开放 。这家位于阿拉伯联合酋长国首都的滨水博物馆收藏有中东的文物和油画以及西方艺术家的作品 。
上个月，佳士得拍卖行在纽约拍卖了这幅《救世主》，创下史上最贵拍卖纪录 。拍卖行并未透露买家信息；未经许可，拍卖行不得对买家或卖家身份发表任何评论 。
这幅高66厘米的画作可追溯至大约1500年前 。画中的耶稣身穿文艺复兴时期风格的服装 。耶稣右手作祈福状，左手拿着一个水晶球 。
这幅画曾为英国国王查理一世所有 。消失一段时间后于1900年被英国一位收藏家买下 。当时，外界认为这幅画为其徒弟的手笔而非达芬奇本人 。
2005年，艺术品交易商以低于1万美元的价格买下这副画作 。不过，画作遭到严重损坏、涂抹 。艺术品交易商将画作修复完毕后发现的确是达芬奇的真迹 。
在上月的破纪录拍卖之前，拍卖价最高的艺术品是威廉·德库宁（Willem de Kooning）的《交换》，售价为3亿美元 。