Dating da vinci
Many historians and scholars regard Leonardo as the prime exemplar of the "Universal Genius" or "Renaissance Man", an individual of "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination", According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent in recorded history, and "his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, while the man himself mysterious and remote".
Marco Rosci notes that while there is much speculation regarding his life and personality, his view of the world was logical rather than mysterious, and that the empirical methods he employed were unorthodox for his time.
He continued work on his scientific studies until his death; his assistant, Melzi, became the principal heir and executor of his estate. For centuries after his death, thousands of pages from his private journals with notes, drawings, observations and scientific theories have surfaced and provided a fuller measure of a true "Renaissance man." In 2017, acclaimed author Walter Isaacson published his research into the topic with , offering up little-known details on what drove the famed artist's creations and inventions.
In November 2017, the art world was sent buzzing with the news that the da Vinci painting "Salvator Mundi" had been sold at a Christie's auction to an undisclosed buyer for a whopping 0.3 million, with fees.
The sales figure was stunning in part because of the damaged condition of the oil-on-panel, which features Christ with his right hand raised in blessing and his left holding a crystal orb, and because not all experts believe it was rendered by da Vinci.(To understand the importance of this event in the art world, the last time a Da Vinci was discovered was 1909.) It was concealed at Christie’s behind opaque sliding glass doors until the moment it was announced—the invitation to the press event (“You are invited to a first-ever unveiling of AN UNPRECEDENTED MASTERPIECE”) showed a giant question mark in a gilded frame.