Zug – 08 October 2021 – After months of undercover work, the once notorious art forger Wolfgang Beltracchi is now revealing his first and only digital artwork to the world: https://www.greats.art. Beltracchi rose to fame through his art forgeries of famous artists, including Heinrich Campendonk, Max Ernst and Fernand Léger. Now, he is entering the novel NFT space with an original art concept unlike any before. To support him on the transition from the physical to the digital art market, Beltracchi has partnered with the famed team behind the Hashmasks, the NFT project that started the NFT bull run in January 2021.
Beltracchi, the most controversial artist in the world is taking the user on an art history journey with his new NFT project. For that journey, he chose the most controversial painting in the world: the “Salvator Mundi”, allegedly created by Leonardo da Vinci. There has been significant controversy around this painting ever since it was sold as the most expensive painting in the world for $450.3 million at Christie’s in 2017. Beltracchi is recreating the “Salvator Mundi” in the style of various old masters from different eras in time, including artistic movements like the high renaissance, surrealism, cubism, pop art, and more.
On 8th October 2021, Beltracchi released “The Greats,” a collection of 4,608 NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain that are available through his webpage: https://www.greats.art. The sale beings on Monday, 18 October 2021 08:00 PM CEST.
The release of Beltracchi’s NFT collection is happening at a crucial point in time, where art is transitioning from the physical to the digital world and leveraging decentralized technology to increase access to fine artwork and an otherwise censored artist.
“The NFT market offers artists a platform to market themselves independently and makes them independent from traditional art market mechanisms,” says Beltracchi.
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