The Last Leonardo by Ben  Lewis
(HarperCollins, 2019)

The Last Leonardo

by Ben Lewis

Imagine an Indiana Jones-style adventure, set across five hundred years, about the search for a mythical treasure: a lost work of art by the most famous artist in the world, Leonardo da Vinci. A story about beauty and power, genius and corruption, obsession and destruction. About the heights that art can rise to but also the lows it can sink to. A story about a painting that was on the front page of every newspaper last year because it became the most expensive painting ever sold, with a price-tag of $450 million. But that painting is not quite what we have been told it is, and The Last Leonardo will be a quest that takes you back through time and across the world, from Italy to Britain to America and Arabia. The painting of the Salvator Mundi has had a life so compelling that it appears to have its own character.