Experts Think Da Vinci Made A MISTAKE With This Famous Painting, Can You Spot It?

20 October 2017, 13:53

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By Naomi Berners

No-one's perfect, after all!

Leonardo Da Vinci is the artist behind many famous paintings that the world has spent years admiring and analysing. 

The Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and Vitruvian Man to name but a few.

A very talented man, I'm sure you'll agree.

But it appears that the legendary painter could have made a mistake in an historic painting that is expected to fetch around a staggering £75million at auction soon.

The Salvator Mundi is a rediscovered piece of art which was only declared authentic six years ago, and therefore has only been attributed to Da Vinci since. It translates to 'Saviour Of The World', and is an image of Jesus gesturing with his right hand, whilst holding an orb in the other.

It's is the ORB which is causing a massive hoo-ha.

Imagine you've got an orb in your hand, and you look through it. Whether it's made of glass, plastic or anything else, whatever's behind the orb would be distorted and blurry, would it not?

YES, it would.

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However, Da Vinci hasn't depicted this in his painting, which is baffling experts around the world. Walter Isaacson, author of the upcoming biography 'Leonardo Da Vinci: The Biography' is puzzled by the apparent mistake, as he writes that Da Vinci was “deep into his optics studies, and how light reflects and refracts was an obsession”.

Surely it can't be a mistake then?!


'Christie's', the British auction house who are preparing to sell the painting, don't seem to think so. A spokesperson for the company has said: “It is our opinion that he chose not to portray it in this way because it would be too distracting to the subject of the painting.”

A clever response to encourage the bidding to increase, perhaps?! 

Either way, there's one thing we can all agree on - it's better than anything we could do!