Museum to the world’s most expensive work of art announces 2022 schedule with a new exhibition/immersive experience dedicated to the life and work of internationally renowned conservator and restorer of the Salvator Mundi painting, Dianne Modestini.
NEW YORK, NY, February 18, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — In 2005, when art dealers Alexander Parrish and Robert Simon purchased a nearly 500-year-old painting of Jesus holding a glass orb for $1175, they realized it had sustained much damage and heavy-handed over-painting through the years. They brought the painting to Dianne Modestini to examine and evaluate. Modestini soon determined the work to be an original by non-other-than, Leonardo da Vinci – the long lost Salvator Mundi!
On display at the Museum, visitors can experience a true-to-life recreation of the restoration process as the main exhibition hall has been meticulously transformed into a detailed workshop environment with a scaled figure of Modestini delicately laboring over the surface of an exact replica of the unrestored Salvator Mundi painting. The display provides an awe inspiring, uncanny, immersive affect into the studio atmosphere and time-consuming dedication required in the rarefied field of fine art restoration.
Diane Modestini is a world-renowned restorer, conservator, and expert on 19th-century paintings. After obtaining her Master’s and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art hired Ms. Modestini as an Assistant Conservator of Paintings and for years, she also served as an educator at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. In 1987 she left the Metropolitan and set up a private practice in paintings conservation in New York and during this period, worked closely with her then recently married husband, Mario Modestini, widely acknowledged as the greatest restorer and connoisseur of Italian painting of the past century. Today, Dianne Modestini continues to lead the Samuel H. Kress Program at the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University where she teaches an advanced paintings class on the cleaning and retouching of old master paintings and a course on technical materials for connoisseurship for art history students.
The current exhibition titled Saving the Savior, is scheduled to run through the end of May followed by detailed presentation of restoration techniques and practices in the field of fine art conservation.
The museum has also announced plans later this year to expand the immersive exhibit into a full scale Salvator Mundi™ Immersive Experience. Plans include visitors traveling throughout time and space from the renaissance to the coastal waters of modern-day Abu Dhabi – followed by an opportunity to purchase some of many official Salvator Mundi® products and souvenirs. Further details to be announced soon.
Salvator Mundi Museum of Art
144 Union Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11231
For More Information: 929-365-9680, [email protected]
Real Salvator Mundi is the nom de guerre project of artist Elliott Arkin. Created on November 17, 2017, two days after the historic auctioning of the painting attributed to the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci for just over $450 million dollars. Real Salvator Mundi is a work of art, a conceptual practice in the exploration of value and worth. Real Salvator Mundi creates Salvator Mundi® products inspired by and as a lasting reflection on the Salvator Mundi story.
Arkin’s work has been exhibited widely throughout the US and Europe and is included in the permanent collections of museums such as the Louvre’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, MAMAC museum in Nice, the New York Public Library and the New York Historical Society, The Flint Institute of the Arts in Michigan. In 2014, Arkin’s work was the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC) in Nice, France.
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