Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at 6pm : Samek Distinguished Lecture Series
Gallery Forum, 2nd floor, Elaine Langone Center, Bucknell Campus
In November 2017 Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi painting sold at auction for $450 million making it the world’s most expensive painting. Dianne Modestini is the conservator who cleaned, restored, and preserved the painting, and part of the team responsible for authentication. After years of work and research Christie’s auction house sold the painting to Abu Dhabi where it will be the cornerstone of their new museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and be available to the public. Until its sale, Salvator Mundi was thought to be the last painting, of only 20, by da Vinci in private hands.
Modestini will deliver the Samek Distinguished Lecture Thursday, March 1 at 6pm where she will discuss the 10-year process it took to reveal a masterpiece once thought lost. Prior to her lecture she will be completing conservation treatments in the Samek Gallery on the Kress Collection, visitors are welcomed during that time to see conservation in action.
Picture of Dianne Modestini courtesy of NYU’s The Institute of Fine Art