NEWS & MEDIA

16 July 2020

The Pinacoteca di Brera, the Friends of Brera and Haltadefinizione Together for the Arts


The Spanish artist José Manuel Ballester tells the story of time suspended during the lockdown, in his latest digital work, as part of a fund-raiser for the Milan museum.

Canaletto Ballester 1

Art and technology come together to support fine arts, as the Spanish artist José Manuel Ballester has donated his most recent work to a fund-raising campaign for the Friends of Brera, an association which has supported the museums of Milan for more than ninety years. Ballester’s work is based on Canaletto’s View of the Basin of San Marco from the Punta della Dogana, which is held in the Pinacoteca di Brera. 

The project is a collaboration with Haltadefinizione, that specializes in ultra-high definition digital photography and reproduction of works of art.

“I have always believed that Art has a useful role in society,” says Ballester, “and in times like these, we have an opportunity to show that we can be useful in many ways; one way, I think, is to use art to help raise money for the arts.” José Manuel Ballester has found a way to express the feeling of suspension of time that characterizes these times of lockdown due to the Coronavirus, by emptying some very famous paintings of their figures, for example, Canaletto’s View of the Basin of San Marco from the Punta della Dogana.

The artist has donated his most recent digital work to all who participate in the fund-raising campaign for the Friends of Brera

To receive the ultra-high resolution digital image, just make a tax-deductable donation in any amount, and follow the steps on the website of the Associazione Amici di Brera (Friends of Brera). You will be able to share a detail from the image on your social media and use the hashtags #ripartiamoconlarte #BallesterperBrera #haltadefinizione and add your individual contribution to the campaign in support of the arts.

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