The most famous smile of the world “The Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci is considered to be the most famous oil paintings in the world. Therefore, it is no surprise that the Louvre in Paris welcomes around 10 million visitors every year. No other smile has created so much speculation as that of the “Mona Lisa”. The young woman, Lisa del Giocondo, who was eternalised by Da Vinci at start of the 16th century, probably has the most famous smile of the world. Her facial experience was often described as mysterious or intangible. In Paris you have to queue for a long time to be able to see the original painting from a distance of several metres and it is protected by bullet-proof glass. However, at “The Great Masters of the Renaissance”, the painting with a size of 77 by 63 centimetres can be viewed up close. The exhibition is also presenting Da Vinci’s mythical “Last Supper”, once again in it’s original size – approximately nine metres by four metres high!
Da Vinci and Raffaello are masters of the auction world records Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Raffaello were the superstars of their time and thus, vain competitors in the fight for reputation and favour of their potential employers, princes and popes. However, they continue to regularly outbid each other at art auctions even today. The “Mona Lisa” by Da Vinci was considered the most expensive painting of the world for a very long time, and the Christ painting by “Salvator Mundi” recently sent the arts market into a state of ecstasy. Towards the end of 2017 at an auction at the Christie’s auction house in New York, a Saudi Prince bought it for a record sum of 450 million dollars (approximately 397 million euros). Since then it has been considered the most expensive painting of the world. The work of art has been exhibited at the Louvre Abu Dhabi but is inaccessible to the public. Whether the great master actually painted the image or not is still being debated among experts. Renaissance painter Raffaello is a record holder of drawings auctioned at highest prices. In 2009, his chalk drawing “The Head of a Muse” fetched 32 million euros, this was topped by his other drawing “Head of a Young Apostle” which was auctioned in 2012 for 36.6 million euros. This is the highest sum that was ever paid at an auction for a paper drawing.
Cult Around Two Bored Cherubs Undisputedly one of the most famous paintings of the Italian Renaissance is the “Sistine Madonna” by Raphael, which can be seen in an impressive staging at the Tabakfabrik. The original is located in the picture gallery “Alte Meister” in Dresden and