Best of the Best 2012: Art & Collectibles: Old Masters: Robert Simon Fine Art

Previously known only to serious collectors, museum curators, and those in the trade, New York paintings dealer Robert Simon has been fairly thrust into the limelight as the man behind what is likely to be the most significant art discovery of the century. After seven years of painstaking work, Simon became the biggest dealer you never heard of with his acquisition, research, and authentication of a work by Leonardo da Vinci. Salvator Mundi, an oil-on-panel portrait of Christ, was included in the recent Leonardo retrospective at London’s National Gallery—the most important exhibition of the master’s paintings ever assembled.

Simon handles a broad range of artworks, and specializes in European Old Master paintings, with an emphasis on works from the Italian Renaissance through the Mannerist periods. He has placed pieces in museums and institutions throughout the United States and abroad, and consults for museums and private collectors on building art collections of substance.

Robert Simon Fine Art, 212.288.9712, www.robertsimon.com