- Artentik launches NFT market for Portugal’s Santa Casa da Misericórdia of Lisbon (SCML)
- St Francis of Xavier to be celebrated as a NFT on his feast day of December third
Artentik, the digital market for SCML, is dropping the world’s first non secular relics within the type of Non-Fungible-Tokens (NFTs) for the 500-year-old social enterprise organisation and keeper of the Museum and Church of São Roque in Lisbon, which homes some of the vital non secular collections in Catholic Europe.
Artentik will likely be SCML’s curated platform to share digital twins of its treasures and encourage residing artists to additionally promote their works as NFTs. This will allow SCML to monetize and promote its distinctive cultural heritage to the world whereas persevering with its in depth 500-year assist to social causes.
The first NFT drop will happen on December 1st and is drawn from SCML’s sacred artwork assortment, one of many best on this planet.
St Francis Xavier
The theme of the primary drop celebrates St Francis Xavier, (7 April 1506 – 3 December 1552), who was a Navarrese Catholic missionary and co-founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). He was a companion of Ignatius of Loyola and one of many first seven Jesuits who took vows of poverty and chastity at Montmartre, Paris in 1534. He led an intensive mission into Asia, primarily within the Portuguese Empire of the time and was influential in evangelization work, most notably in India.
He was beatified by Pope Paul V on 25 October 1619 and canonized by Pope Gregory XV on 12 March 1622. In 1624, he was made co-patron of Navarre. Known because the “Apostle of the Indies” and “Apostle of Japan”, he’s thought of to be one of many biggest missionaries since Paul the Apostle.
After his dying in 1552, he was buried on an island off the coast of China and once more in Malaysia, for a complete interval of just about two years, earlier than being transferred to the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa, India — one in every of his key missionary websites. Each time the physique was exhumed, no pure decomposition had taken place, making Francis Xavier what is named an incorrupt saint.
While St Francis Xavier was mendacity in state in 1554 in Goa a neighborhood Portuguese girl determined she wished a chunk for her personal assortment; she bit off the little toe of his proper foot. The bone from this chunk is now preserved in a reliquary within the SCML.
The SCML Drops
There will likely be 5 distinct objects within the first drop.
The first 4 NFTs are a part of a 20-strong assortment of work by Portuguese proto-baroque painter André Reinoso (c.1590-1641) and his collaborators. This assortment of 20 work options the blessing of the Pope and the submission of St Francis Xavier to the Church of Rome. These work have been positioned on the Sacristy of the Church of St. Roch in 1619, three years earlier than the official canonization of St. Francis Xavier on the twelfth of March 1622 and have been a part of immense non secular ‘propaganda’ in regards to the life and the work of the nice Jesuit missionary, and in an effort to velocity up the method of canonization by the Catholic Church.
The first 4 work of the gathering have been transformed into NFTs. Each portray within the assortment will likely be restricted to twenty mints in whole. The 4 first mints will likely be offered through public sale.
The fifth merchandise within the first drop is a reliquary of St Francis Xavier. This tiny statue dates again to the 17th century and measures 114 x 40 cm in measurement. In whole, 1 million NFTs will likely be minted of this statue, however solely 10,000 launched within the first drop. This is a hard and fast worth NFT at €100 every.
When and the place
The public sale and sale open at Artentik.com on December 1st, Independence Restoration Day in Portugal, and can run till December 3rd, the feast day of St Francis Xavier. To obtain updates, go to the positioning and supply an e-mail handle.
Message from the President of SCML
“In Lisbon, SCML enjoys a warm relationship with residents and visitors to the museum and church and we see a way of extending that relationship globally, and to new generations, through NFTs,” says Edmundo Martinho, President of SCML.
“We have 500 years’ worth of priceless treasures from baroque art to graffiti art that we are keen to share with lovers of art, antiquities and religious history. By creating our own digital window, Artentik, people can view our unique cultural assets, own a digital replica of them through NFTs, and know that the proceeds will be used for social enterprise activities. This is a cultural democratisation of museums, and we are delighted to embrace it,” he added.
Artentik, www.artentik.com, is constructed on Polygon Layer 2 Ethereum blockchain providing quicker transaction speeds, Proof of Stake resulting in minimal environmental affect, and reliability. Payment for NFTs will solely be accepted in cryptocurrency. Artentik is a three way partnership with Boloro Global Limited, a New York City primarily based know-how firm.
For extra historical past on SCML – go to right here
SCML is a not-for-profit organisation overseen by the Portuguese Minister in command of Social Security. Since its founding in 1498, SCML has targeted on social enterprise works, and since 1783 it has held the precise to function lotteries to fund well being and social initiatives. These now embody varied nationwide lotteries, the Euromillions lottery and on-line gaming. Revenues earned from this exercise are put again into society by way of social enterprise programmes.
Since the beginning of the 21st century, SCML has targeted on increasing its social enterprise work to a broader phase of the inhabitants. SCML operates hospitals, invests closely into scientific and medical analysis in neuroscience, funds training and coaching programmes, aggregates social entrepreneurship actions, runs a free paediatric dentistry service, works with different our bodies to give attention to the care of the 65+ inhabitants, and in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic helped the aged in social isolation in addition to organising a free on-line psychological assist platform.
Over the centuries SCML has amassed an unlimited inventive and cultural assortment, together with the Museum and Church of São Roque.