Look! It’s as if the Coronavirus hit a bunch of classic paintings. Just like the effects of the Covid-19 on cities worldwide, these paintings by Jose Manuel Ballester are recreations of historically significant artworks, only they are eerily quiet and devoid of all human figures.
Artist Jose Manuel Ballester has taken well-known pieces of art from the Italian and Flemish Schools of the 15th and 18th centuries and altered them to remove the figures from the scenes, allowing us to focus on the architecture and landscapes in an entirely new way. I have taken the liberty of putting the original painting above the depictions by Ballester in case you can’t recognize the artworks.
The Third of May 1808 by Francisco Goya and without figures by Jose Manuel Ballester:
The Raft of Medusa by Theodore Gericault and without figures by Jose Manuel Ballester :
Winterlandscape with skaters and bird trap by Pieter Breugel The Elder and without figures by Jose Manuel Ballester:
San Hugo en el refectorio de los Cartujos by Francisco de Zurbarán and without figures by Jose Manuel Ballester:
José Manuel Ballester (Madrid, born in 1960), painter and potographer, degree in Fine Arts in 1984 from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spanish Photography Award 2010.