“Leonardo’s representation of Christ, noting that he had ‘the glazed look of someone stoned.’”

8 Things You Should Know About Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi,’ His Holy Mona Lisa. The painting gave da Vinci experts goosebumps at first sight.—Rachel Corbett, Artnet; from the On-The-Side-Of-The-Rebel-Jesus dept.

With the news that Christie’s will sell Leonardo da Vinci’s long-lost painting Salvator Mundi next month for an estimated $100 million, one might wonder what makes this soft, ethereal portrait of Jesus Christ such a masterpiece? Here are a few things to know about what makes the painting so special.

  1. It Has an Illustrious—and Tangled—Provenance.
  1. It’s Been the Subject of Multiple Lawsuits.
  1. The Painting Has Taken a Beating.
  1. It Had the Feel, and Experts Knew Instantly That It Was Authentic.
  1. But When It Was Painted, No One’s Quite Sure.
  1. Some Critics See a Hippie Jesus.

But Guardian art critic Adrian Searle did not seem as impressed with Leonardo’s representation of Christ, noting that he had “the glazed look of someone stoned.” He went further: “You can imagine the raised fingers holding a spliff. Once imagined, the image won’t go away.”

  1. This Find Is as Rare as They Come.
  1. It Is the “Devotional Equivalent to the Mona Lisa.”