Is the Salvator Mundi really by Leonardo da Vinci? Did the restoration botch it horribly? I argue the latter is absolutely true, and the former probable. I graphically show where the restoration took some liberties that clearly illustrate a divergence from the original painting, in which case the end result is anything but a da Vinci. You can’t watch this video without seeing part 1, though it’s worth watching for entertainment value.
Here’s the video:
In the second segment of the video I begin the process of digitally restoring the painting myself, from the point where it was cleaned but not painted over by the restorer. I share 4 techniques I use — there’s a Photoshop lesson tucked in there, and compare this Salvator Mundi to three other period versions.
In the final video, I’ll share my finished attempt to fully recreate what the painting would have looked like if it were painted by Leonardo.
There are UFOs and a clip from Jesus Christ Super Star.
Above is the point where I created an outline that shows the un-retouched painting was, unlike the final version, symmetrical and coherent.
Of course there’s a martian from War of the Worlds, and a martian impression.
What video would be complete without a custom Boomhauer impression?
Above is a sample of my digital restoration of a part of painting. The pattern is a bit loose in places, and I kept it that way rather than change it.
Here’s my digital restoration in progress, and his left eye is already looking much better than the official version that sold for $450,000,000.
It’ll probably take me a week, or more, to finish retouching the painting. If you watch the video you’ll see how I’m basing it on a few different period renditions of the Salvator Mundi, all based on Leonardo’s original cartoon (as in an outlined version).
I didn’t plan on doing such an ambitious Photoshop project — recreating the world’s most expensive painting, and a presumed Leonardo depiction of Christ — that’s just an outgrowth of making a video that was originally just about pointing out some mistakes. But then I found that I obsessed on the Photoshop work, possibly because I’ve been doing 3D modeling for a half year or more, and PS is my most used artist’s tool. It’s fun to get back into it. And this is an interesting project for me. In the video you’ll see I’ve been doing a lot of research into da Vinci’s paintings, drawings, and technique.
And here are my first 3 videos, in case you missed them and feel like some independent and quirky art content:
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