Your Chance to Snag Leonardo’s Last Painting

I’m getting this one out asap because you can now have your chance to snag Leonardo da Vinci’s last painting, Salvator Mundi, depicting a very Mona-Lisa-like-looking Jesus Christ as the savior of the world. It is an oil painted on panel that dates around 1500. Its estimated value is (in the starting) range of $100 million. Not many of us can afford this but it will most likely be the last chance to put it in private hands for anyone who can purchase. If anything the auction will be fun to watch. You can say you heard it hear before the news announces the lucky winner for probably millions of dollars.

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Here are Christie’s bullet points about this artwork in their press release:

  • Greatest Artistic Rediscovery of the 21st Century
  • One of Fewer Than 20 Paintings by the Great Master Known to Exist
  • To Be Offered in Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale
  • Originally in the Royal Collection of King Charles I
  • Public Exhibitions Planned for Hong Kong, San Francisco, London, New York

The auction is scheduled for November 15, 2017 in Rockefeller Plaza, NYC.

It’s not often that I receive several notifications that appear to be related but it’s timely when it happens. Along with the auction notice above, it is interesting to know that the number one type of art that sells online is paintings.

This refers to mostly canvas, hand-painted but also digital and photography come in at top ranking among the 3 different types of art: fine, decorative and commercial (digital / graphics). According to this Stocks Review article online art sales have increased by 24% over the last year. Could it have something to do with more people having expendable income because the economy is picking up? Hope so.

Both oil and watercolor paintings, along with prints, were purchased by 72% of all online art buyers last year. Whether those were the paintings by some legendary artist such as Picasso or Da Vinci, or the painting by some self-thought artists from the small town in Spain, you can be sure that this item will be purchased by some buyer in less than a month.

You may (or may not) be surprised by the world’s largest online retailers. Perhaps they cater to the mass art market? Some but not all sell art but these may be platforms to try, if you want to sell artwork With this in mind, I’m encouraged to sell some of my Aunt Katherine’s original, vintage paintings online, besides what I currently sell her collection as custom printed, non-mass produced, reusable wallcovering artwork.

Casart Coverings Vintage AK Impasto Tree Artwork self-adhesive Mural_AIE

Finally, since paintings take the cake for online art sales, you don’t have to purchase them large-scale. Here’s a piece about the miniature paintings offered by Hermés on the faces of their luxury watches = 2 for the price of one functional art piece.

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via World Tempus news

Have fun perusing these art-buying-ideas but don’t forget, time’s a tickin’ for that auction… 😉

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The Fearless Girl

Last Wednesday a week ago, many women abandoned their work and marched to recognize “A Day Without A Woman” but I found the Fearless Girl statue facing down the well-known “raging” Wall Street Bull sculpture much more remarkable and leaving a powerful impression. Ironically the US-based political march was mostly by angry women striking about a life without women with participants shouting visceral chants against the newest administration. I’m for free speech but I think the Fearless Girl, precisely as little as she is, has more impact.

The march was strategically planned on International Women’s Day, which has a long history (since 1911) of celebrating the positive accomplishments of women. It brings recognition to the importance of women, since the oppression of women was first recognized in 1908 — with a march. The recent women’s strike was not mentioned on the IWD’s website.

This is not to say marches don’t send a message. They can and have affected change. I’m in Northern VA, where schools had to close because female teachers didn’t come to work. The Fearless Girl statue, however, gives an enduring visual perspective through the personal expression of art that a fleeting march just can’t. The statue brought all sorts of questions to mind because I didn’t know its backstory but wondered who the artist was and how the statue was able to be placed in the current location. Will it stay?

Here’s what I learned. The statue was commissioned and officially put in location by State Street Global Advisors and they tweeted this statementWe wanted to highlight the power of women in leadership. So we made room in the one place business couldn’t ignore.

Fearless Girl video by State Street Advisors via Youtube on AIE

Fearless Girl video by State Street Advisors via YouTube. Click this link to play.

This is a wonderful video! I love the demonstration of the creative process and the message. Hey, but where’s the credit to the artist, who is female, by the way?!!

Here’s how they installed — the day before the women’s march and IWD.

And the message at this little super power of a statue’s feet says much.

Fearless girl statue base via CNN on AIE

The Fearless Girl faces the Charging Wall Street Bull.

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via WBUR

Fearless girl statue front via CNN_AIE

She really does look like a super heroine, with her stance and standing strong in the wind, visible by the flow of her dress and movement of her hair. I hope she stays in place. Based on some of the comments on Twitter, sadly, it looks like this is a temporary installation. There is a petition going around to keep her in place, however.

Also, at the time of this writing, I could not find a single mention of credit (via State Street or the McCannNY Ad Agency, who is running their campaign) given to the female artist who created the statue and who is shown in the video. I asked about it on YouTube because overlooking this significant information seems contrary to the message the statue is being used by the ad agency to give — females make a difference (girl power and #shemakesadifference) — and should be noted as such, as should all artists.

Finally, I found the artist mentioned on KTLA 5 news, where I found the picture below. Her name is Kristen Visbal, and here’s her wonderful work!

My favorite picture thus far is how this beautifully rendered statue has already inspired little girls to be the super heros they are.

Abrianna Tabor Almonte wears her red-and-pink superhero outfit to go see the “Fearless Girl” statue on Wall Street. (Credit: Amanda Marmor via CNN)_AIE

Abrianna Tabor Almonte wears her red-and-pink superhero outfit to go see the “Fearless Girl” statue on Wall Street. (Credit: Amanda Marmor via CNN)

Post this publication, here’s a reader’s comment in the Washington Post remarking on the same, non-mention of the artist.

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