Cody Delistraty

France's President Emmanuel Macron meets Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kabore at the Presidential Palace in Burkina Faso on November 28, 2017. Courtesy: LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images

The French President’s recent comments hint at a dubious politics: using art restitution as a stopgap to France’s postcolonial responsibilities

The staggering price reached by Salvator Mundi prompts the question: what are you really buying when you buy an artwork?