Washington: A lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci, which was discovered in a private American collection, is set be unveiled publicly for the first time.
The National Gallery in London will unveil the ‘Salvator Mundi’, a depiction of Christ with his right hand raised in blessing later this year.
Experts have authenticated the painting that had disappeared after being owned by Charles I and Charles II of England.
The painting is of oil on wood panel, which measures 26 inches by 18.5 inches, reports the Wall Street Journal.
According to a person familiar with the painting’s history, da Vinci’s hand was confirmed after the removal of layers of discoloured varnish and overpaint applied by earlier restoration attempts.
This person said that the idea of finding a lost Leonardo was “not something a rational person would really believe”. The composition was known from a 1650s engraving by Wenceslaus Hollar.
ARTnews magazine, which reported the discovery earlier this week, has suggested a figure of 200 million dollars for the value of the painting.
The National Gallery exhibition, which would run from November 9 until February 5, 2012, concentrates on paintings Leonardo produced for Duke Lodovico Sforza in Milan.