Beltracchi’s “Salvator Mundi” – Notorious Art Forger Banned From Selling In Galleries Breaks Into NFT Game – Blockchain Bitcoin News
As the world of non-fungible token (NFT) assets continues to swell, famous artist and art forger Wolfgang Beltracchi has joined the NFT industry with a collection of NFT called “The Greats”. Beltracchi is well known for admitting that he forged hundreds of paintings and sold the works of art on behalf of famous artists like Heinrich Campendonk, Fernand Léger and Max Ernst.
Wolfgang Beltracchi presents “The Greats” collection
An infamous artist who got caught selling counterfeit artwork by some of the world’s most beloved artists, Wolfgang Beltracchi, is throwing himself into the fray for non-fungible tokenized (NFT) collectibles. The German art forger and his wife admitted to selling works of art from 14 different pieces that sold for around $ 45 million. However, Beltracchi claimed to have recreated the works of “around 50 artists” and also said its profits exceeded $ 100 million. After a trial in Germany in 2011, Beltracchi was found guilty and served more than three years for his crimes. The forger and his wife were also forced to pay millions in restitution.
Now Beltracchi has ditched a new website called greats.art, which is described as “a digital journey through art history”. When Beltracchi was captured, he forged the work of famous artists such as Max Ernst, Heinrich Campendonk, Fernand Léger and Kees van Dongen.
His latest NFTs will also be recreations and draw inspiration from the art of Leonardo da Vinci’s so-called “Salvator Mundi” play, and more. “We present to you the very first digital collection of works of art by the most prolific art forger of the 20th century, Wolfgang Beltracchi,” notes the web portal greats.art. The site adds:
The artist takes you on a journey through art history as he recreates Leonardo da Vinci’s purported Salvator Mundi, channeling the styles of seven masters including Picasso, Van Gogh, Da Vinci, and more. ‘The Greats’ is divided into over 30 individual series based on 7 different eras in art history. The collections consist of a total of 4,608 original digital works of art.
The most controversial artist and the most expensive work of art in the world
Beltracchi also appears in a Youtube video which explains in more detail the NFT collection “The Greats”. The artist is one of the most controversial artists in the world and the “Salvator Mundi” is the most expensive work of art ever sold in the world. In 2017, the “Salvator Mundi” was sold for $ 450 million to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The forger’s website notes that “the elite of traditional art want to bury Beltracchi” and make his work a forgotten memory. Beltracchi claims that since his arrest he has been banned from selling in famous auction houses, museums and art galleries.
“It is in the best interests of the art establishment to maintain the status quo and continue to dictate what is and what is not art,” explains the site greats.art. “This is why we are using the Internet and the Ethereum blockchain to give the world unlimited access to one of the last living old masters of our time.”
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