The history of the world’s most expensive painting will appear on the Broadway show.
Production company Caiola Productions has announced the start of work to transform the history of the world’s most expensive painting into the newest music show on Broadway.
The main part of the plot of this production will be the amazing story of how a scratched image of Jesus on an old cracked board, bought in 2005 for $ 1.1 thousand, turned into a masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci, lost for 500 years and sold in 2017 for more than $ 450 million.
Producer of the play, the working title of which sounds like Salvator Mundi! The Musical describes the future of the show as a combination of a performance-based on historical events like the hit of recent years, the musical Hamilton, and a light story with fairytale elements such as Willie Wonka’s golden ticket from Charlie and Chocolate factory.
It is known that in the development of the future show, in addition to the five-time Tony Award-winning company Caiola Productions, nine-time Tony-winner producer Mary Eisenberg is involved as a project consultant. Skilled writer, playwright, and theater reviewer Deborah Grace Winer will be working on the script. The first readings of the script are slated to take place in early spring 2021, with the production of the show starting in 2022.
What one should know about the Savior of the world
This piece of art is one of the most controversial and mysterious paintings in modern art history. Written by Leonardo da Vinci at the end of the 15th century for Louis XII, it was kept in the royal families of France and England for more than two hundred years and then disappeared from sight for many years, reappearing at the beginning of the 20th century. It was resold several times at auctions. Looking at it, it was impossible even to imagine that under the layers of unsuccessful additions and repaints was a masterpiece of the great master.
In the early 2000s, masterly and painstaking restoration work was carried out, which lasted six years. In 2011, after numerous expert examinations, the authenticity of the painting was confirmed. The Savior of the World was featured at the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in London.
In 2017, the image of Jesus Christ by Leonardo da Vinci was put up for auction. The work was bought by an Arab prince named Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al Saud for $ 450.3 million.
The painting was not featured in the 2019 exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s works at the Louvre. Its owner keeps it on his yacht. A cultural center is being built for it, where people will be able to see the creation of the greatest Italian master.