The Mona Lisa, which Salvator Mundi was sold as a religious version of, is the most famous painting in the world but only became famous after it vanished, after it was stolen from the Louvre by an Italian handyman in 1911. Right away the gendarmerie had their own suspicions and conspiracies: Pablo Picasso was brought in for questioning, as was Guillaume Apollinaire, though both were released without charges. In the two years before it was found again, more visitors came to stare at the blank space between the Titians and Correggios where it was supposed to be, the four iron hooks from which it had hung, than had ever come to see the smirking painting itself, and often claimed that they could feel it continuing to resonate from beyond.
“The Downward Spiral: The Euphoric Conspiracy” at