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Morning Links: ‘Salvator Mundi’ Edition

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, ca. 1500. VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, ca. 1500.



The Yves Bouvier saga continues on, this time with U.S. authorities investigating allegations that he was engaged in money laundering. The dealer is specifically under scrutiny for allegedly marking up Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi to the tune of $50 million. [The Independent]

A man in Saratoga has been charged with making art out of elephant ivory, a practice that has been illegal in America since 1976. [SFGate]


Here’s a profile of Andrew Butterfield, who discovered a Gian Lorenzo Bernini sculpture, and who has made a career of finding supposedly lost works by Old Masters. [The Financial Times]

Jack Fritscher, the author of Mapplethorpe: Assault With a Deadly Camera, recounts meeting Robert Mapplethorpe and loving his photographs. [The Guardian]


Despite his staff’s questions about his leadership, Guy Cogeval will continue to lead the Musée d’Orsay for the next year. [The Art Newspaper]

More than 150 modernist photographs from Elton John’s collection will be shown at Tate Modern in November. Will he end up donating them to the museum? [The Art Newspaper]


Maria Hassabi discusses her series of performances, currently on view at MoMA and featuring dancers lying on stairs. “It was really important for me, while making the work, to keep thinking of the three-dimensionality,” she says. [The New York Times]

Jeni Spota C. at Brennan & Griffin. [Contemporary Art Daily]

Loongkonan, a 105-year-old Aboriginal artist, is developing a fanbase around the world. [Mashable]

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