The four stages of any old masterpiece

THE UNKNOWN STAGE

c. 1500 – A master painted something.

unknown

THE ONE-THOUSAND-COPY STAGE

1650 – «Leonardus da Vinci pinxit. Wenceslaus Hollar fecit Aqua forti, secundum originale. A. 1650» [“Leonardo da Vinci painted it. Wenceslaus Hollar made it out of ‘strong water’, according to the original. Year 1650”].

salvator-mundi-by-wenceslaus-hollar

THE MISATTRIBUTION STAGE

c. 1940 – Attributed to a certain Boltraffio and sold by 45 pounds.

salvator-mundi-before-1912

THE RECONSTRUCTION STAGE

2011 – Leonardo Da Vinci painted it and it is worth millions.

leonardo_da_vinci-salvator

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