The Art Angle Podcast: Why Leonardo da Vinci at the Louvre Matters

In the second episode of our new podcast, associate editor Naomi Rea breaks down the Louvre's Leonardo blockbuster with Andrew Goldstein.

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To mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, the Louvre pulled out all the stops to present a blockbuster exhibition of some of the Old Master’s greatest works, along with a few technological surprises to help viewers see his contributions in a whole new way. But do these moves manage to contextualize Leonardo in our contemporary moment? And what role is—or isn’t—played by Salvator Mundi, the painting sold at Christie’s for a record-annihilating $450.3 million before disappearing from view for almost two years?

Fresh off a press preview of the show, associate editor Naomi Rea phones host Andrew Goldstein to discuss the masterpieces on view, the Louvre’s attempt to take Leonardo into virtual reality, and the seemingly never-ending intrigue around Salvator Mundi.

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