Celebrities Put Star-Power to Good Use

A group of celebrities and entertainers sold artwork in a charity auction by Christie’s.

Artist Claudio Santamaria's work with Francesca Barra is a 2018 photographic portrait. Claudio Santamaria and Francesca Barra

Prominent art lovers in music, film, television, theatre, and literature have created and generously donated one of their works of art for a good cause. The paintings, photographs, and drawings were displayed in Milan and sold at auction by Christie’s last Tuesday. The proceeds went to the Fondazione Paideia, which since 1993 has been working “to support the growth of children with disabilities and their caregivers, fostering the development of projects and initiatives,” said Fabrizio Serra, secretary-general of the foundation.

Radio and TV host Carlo Massarini donated a photograph of Freddie Mercury he took during a performance in 1978. Photo by Carlo Massarini.

Actor Carlo Verdone presented one of his photographs of a cloudy sky, titled “Homage to Constable.” Radio and TV host Carlo Massarini donated a photograph of Freddie Mercury he took during a performance in 1978. Matteo Curti, also a radio host, submitted a photo of the spires of Milan Cathedral at sunset. Twenty-seven unlikely artists — including musician Paolo Conte, actor Claudio Santamaria, writer Nicolai Lilin, and a long list of comedians, radio hosts, and journalists — put their star power to good use.

Titled “Artisti si nasce,” the project also provides an opportunity to understand how artists from other disciplines experiment with visual arts in their spare time.

The spires of Milan cathedral are the subject of choice for radio host Matteo Curti, who picked this photograph for the charity auction. Photo by Matteo Curti.

All proceeds from the charity auction — more than thirty thousand euros — will be used to provide children and their families with targeted support, ranging from shelter to active, economic and psychological support so that “no family can feel alone and no child excluded,” Mr. Serra added.

Gianmaria Biancuzzi is executive editor of Milano Art Guide.