12 June 2023

Timeless Elegance: Botticelli’s Primavera on stage at the Cluj-Napoca Opera House

A unique set for Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet uses Haltadefinizione’s ultra-high definition images of Botticelli's Primavera. 

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Around the world, scholars and teachers use ultra-high resolution images every day for educational purposes. With Gigapixel images, it is easier than ever before to immerse yourself in the details of great works of art.

This begs the question of what other applications there can be for Haltadefinizione’s images?

In fact, any cultural, editorial and commercial project can be made more exciting with the addition of images of the great masters. One fascinating example stands out. Haltadefinizione has recently contributed ultra-high definition images of Sandro Botticelli’s Primavera to the set design of a production of the ballet Romeo & Juliet at the Opera House of Cluj-Napoca, in Romania.

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Based on the Shakespeare tragedy, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet is one of the most popular ballet scores of the twentieth century. Director and choreographer Valentina Turcu has taken some license with the classical vocabulary and reinvents it using images of Botticelli as backgrounds for this innovative production at the Cluj Opera House. After obtaining the necessary clearances from the Uffizi Galleries, Haltadefinizione provided the choreographer with ultra-high definition Gigapixel details from the Primavera. These incredibly sharp images allowed her to create an evocative and engaging atmosphere for the audience.

The Gigapixel image of Primavera makes this masterpiece of the Florentine Renaissance come alive as never before, showing the viewer every detail, from the lively greens in the meadows to the slightest shades of color in the flowers. This inspired Valentina Turcu to use details of Botticelli’s work to create her sets for the ballet, in a perfect combination of dance and the visual arts.

Primavera detail Cluj

The ultra-high resolution images provided by Haltadefinizione have ushered in a new dialogue between dance and the visual arts. The worlds of ballet and painting have united for a performance that has enhanced the potential of both artistic languages. On the one hand, the details of Botticelli’s masterpiece opened the door to making the most of the costumes and scenery and to emphasize the beauty and elegance of ballet in a new and exciting way. On the other hand, even the details of Botticelli’s work have been transformed into a new work of art, with their use as a scenic element.

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Haltadefinizione’s licensing process respects the value of the original artwork. The use of images is always by agreement with the museums and institutions that hold the original works, respecting the standards of each cultural institute. In this way, the institutions can guarantee the protection of the historical value of the works of art, while preserving them and making them accessible to an ever wider audience.

Haltadefinizione’s Gigapixel images have enhanced a prestigious cultural event by combining majestic paintings with the magic of classical dance.

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