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Artworks also quarantined by Coronavirus

Courtesy: José Manuel Ballesteros

ACC Network Art
18 Mar 20

Artworks also quarantined by Coronavirus

This post is also available in: Español (Spanish)

The artworks we’ll talk about also escaped because of the annoying virus

It isn’t easy for anyone to stay home in confinement for forty days, nor is it for the characters in these artworks that decided to leave their original place and take a break. Or at least that’s what the Spanish painter and photographer José Manuel Ballester depicted in his series Hidden Spaces.

José Manuel Ballester reinterprets these paintings
Courtesy: José Manuel Ballester

Velázquez, Botticelli and Bosco’s characters disappear

In addition, it is a way to promote the quarantine with these paintings where the artist suppressed his main characters. For example, in Velázquez famous painting, Las Meninas escaped the living room; and in Bosco’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, fantastic beings left a barren and empty land.

José Manuel Ballester reinterprets these paintings
Courtesy: José Manuel Ballester

Furthermore, in Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, both Jesus and his apostles chose to leave the table; in the Birth of Venus painted by Botticelli, the goddess and cherubs are gone, leaving only the shell on which the woman stands.

José Manuel Ballester reinterprets these paintings
Courtesy: José Manuel Ballester

These images went viral on social media due to the recent wave of Coronavirus contagions that plagues Spain. We’ve seen the cancellation of events like the Fallas de Valencia and people are following government instructions to stop the wave of deaths and expansion of this invisible evil.

Quarantine artworks
Courtesy: José Manuel Ballester

Moreover, the reinterpretations by the Spanish artist are accompanied by the hashtag #QuédateEnCasa (#StayHome) which invites the entire population to remain sheltered as this crisis subsides. Ballester’s paintings have been retweeted hundreds of times and received thousands of Likes in the midst of a health crisis.

José Manuel Ballester reinterprets these works of art
Courtesy: José Manuel Ballester

Additionally, thanks to the digital edition, the artist proposes to turn to look at the spaces where these famous paintings hang. Thus, narratives change and the sense of emptiness become present. According to the people on social medial, the characters are also fully complying with the quarantine.

José Manuel Ballester reinterprets these works of art
Courtesy: José Manuel Ballester

Hence, this perspective of space was taken up by users to exemplify the health crisis that not only plagues Spain but the world. Finally, these are some of the reinterpretations that are becoming popular on social media. A fun job to make this contingency feel a little lighter.

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