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“Salvator Mundi” by Andrea Previtali

"Salvator Mundi" by Andrea Previtali

“Salvator Mundi” by Andrea Previtali

“Salvator Mundi” by Andrea Previtali shows Christ as Savior of the World, who raises his right hand in blessing and his left holds a crystal orb representing the earth.

Salvator Mundi, which is Latin for Savior of the World, is a subject of many iconography paintings depicting Christ with his right hand raised in blessing and his left hand holding an orb surmounted by a cross, known as a globus cruciger.

The globus cruciger, which is Latin for “cross-bearing orb,” has been a Christian symbol of authority since the Middle Ages, used on coins, in iconography, and with a scepter as royal regalia.

The cross represents Christ’s dominion over the world, and this theme was made famous by Northern painters such as Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, and Albrecht Dürer.

Andrea Previtali

Andrea Previtali was an Italian painter of the Renaissance period, active mainly in Bergamo, a northern Italian city, northeast of Milan. He was a pupil of the painter Giovanni Bellini.

Salvator Mundi

  • Title:            Salvator Mundi
  • Artist:          Andrea Previtali
  • Year:            1519
  • Type:           Oil on poplar wood
  • Dimensions: Height: 61.6 cm (24.2 in); Width: 53 cm (20.8 in)
  • Museum:     The National Gallery, London

Andrea Previtali

  • Artist:          Andrea Previtali (also called Andrea Cordelliaghi)
  • Born:           1480
  • Died:           1528
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Movement: Renaissance
  • Notable works:

Salvator Mundi

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Salvator Mundi

The Discovery & Restoration of “Salvator Mundi”

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“If a man devotes himself to art,
much evil is avoided that happens otherwise if one is idle.”
– Albrecht Dürer

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Photo Credit: 1) Andrea Previtali [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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