Leonardo da Vinci and the Salvator Mundi: The Story of the World’s Most Expensive Painting with Jayne Yantz

Leonardo da Vinci and the Salvator Mundi: The Story of the World’s Most Expensive Painting with Jayne Yantz


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This seminar goes behind the scenes of the astonishing $450 million sale of a painting called Salvator Mundi, attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. We look at Leonardo’s artistic career, examine this painting in context, and ask why a Saudi Prince would be interested in its purchase.
This seminar investigates Leonardo da Vinci, one of the founders of the Italian High Renaissance. We examine Leonardo’s development as an artist, peek into his personal notebooks, and probe his techniques for protecting his ideas and inventions—his intellectual property.
In this context, we analyze the sensational "Salvator Mundi," a painting attributed to Leonardo that recently broke auction records as the world’s most expensive painting. We discuss its subject matter, artistic style, and history, then examine its authenticity by considering expert opinions that claim this picture is by Leonardo da Vinci—and those that say it is not. Even more intriguing—we ask why it would fetch such a record-breaking price paid by a Saudi prince--and what that purchase really means.
By the end of this seminar, participants will understand some of the intricacies of the art market, appreciate the growing impact of the Middle East in the world of Western art, and develop a feeling for Leonardo’s personality and art style.
Led by art historian Jayne Yantz, an instructor of Renaissance and Baroque art, this seminar provides participants with an introduction to the art market, an appreciation for the growing impact of the Middle East in European auction houses, and an understanding of Leonardo da Vinci and his world.

Jayne Yantz completed graduate work in art history and anthropology before beginning a career in college teaching. She specializes in non-Western art and European Old Masters, has traveled extensively to see the works of art she teaches, and believes it is important to continue learning throughout life. Jayne has received continued recognition for teaching excellence, including the Teacher of the Year award from her college. She currently lives in the New Jersey Pinelands on a nature preserve.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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E.T. (St Louis, US)
Fascinating

Professor Yantz was excellent and convinced me of her conclusions so well, I changed my mind on the subject!

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J.R. (Dallas, US)
AWESOME: A bit of art history, a pinch of science, a dash of how the Art World works today and l...

Awesome seminar. Dr. Yantz uses the very intrigue of the sale of the Salvator Mundi to integrate Renaissance art, and its distinctive aspects such as humanism, science, perspective and invention, Art Restoration (or not to restore!), modern day Art Auction Houses, etc., filling us with such great information and then let us form our own opinions of the Salvator Mundi. Also, she gave us lots of great recommendations of books, movies, and even youtube videos to continue our own exploration! I spent 1/2 the evening looking at the references she gave and the other half telling my husband how great the seminar was!

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Maruchi Santana (Brooklyn, US)
What a fantastic lecture!

Jayne Yantz is a fantastic presenter! She ignited my curiosity about Leonardo and in the days that followed the presentation, I continued reading and watching stories about the Salvator Mundi painting. I can't wait to see other lectures by Jayne in the future!

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Jayne Feldman (Reisterstown, US)
Absolutely Adored this Experience

Jayne Yantz is truly brilliant as an art educator. I adored her presentation and all the abundant information she shared during the experience.

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Martha Langer (Tel Aviv, IL)
Leonardo Da Vinci and the Salvator Mundi

Jayne Yantz is certainly a very good addition to your roster of excellent speakers, straight and to the point, using her time to maximum advantage. It was a very enjoyable talk.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
71%
(5)
14%
(1)
14%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
E
E.T. (St Louis, US)
Fascinating

Professor Yantz was excellent and convinced me of her conclusions so well, I changed my mind on the subject!

J
J.R. (Dallas, US)
AWESOME: A bit of art history, a pinch of science, a dash of how the Art World works today and l...

Awesome seminar. Dr. Yantz uses the very intrigue of the sale of the Salvator Mundi to integrate Renaissance art, and its distinctive aspects such as humanism, science, perspective and invention, Art Restoration (or not to restore!), modern day Art Auction Houses, etc., filling us with such great information and then let us form our own opinions of the Salvator Mundi. Also, she gave us lots of great recommendations of books, movies, and even youtube videos to continue our own exploration! I spent 1/2 the evening looking at the references she gave and the other half telling my husband how great the seminar was!

M
Maruchi Santana (Brooklyn, US)
What a fantastic lecture!

Jayne Yantz is a fantastic presenter! She ignited my curiosity about Leonardo and in the days that followed the presentation, I continued reading and watching stories about the Salvator Mundi painting. I can't wait to see other lectures by Jayne in the future!

J
Jayne Feldman (Reisterstown, US)
Absolutely Adored this Experience

Jayne Yantz is truly brilliant as an art educator. I adored her presentation and all the abundant information she shared during the experience.

M
Martha Langer (Tel Aviv, IL)
Leonardo Da Vinci and the Salvator Mundi

Jayne Yantz is certainly a very good addition to your roster of excellent speakers, straight and to the point, using her time to maximum advantage. It was a very enjoyable talk.