Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa Embraces Digital Art  and NFTs With the Launch of Artentik 

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From baroque art to graffiti art, items from 500-year unparalleled collection of art,  relics, reliquaries, sculptures and modern artforms to be tokenised 

Proceeds to support SCML’s extensive social enterprise work 

Lisbon and Hong Kong, 2 November 2021 — Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa  (‘SCML’), Portugal’s 500-year-old social enterprise organisation and keeper of the  Museum and Church of São Roque in Lisbon that houses one of the most important  religious collections in Catholic Europe, announced today its entry into the digital world  of NFTs or non-fungible tokens with the launch of Artentik, its brand and marketplace  for NFTs. 

In much the same way as William Caxton’s printing press opened the door to a broader  appreciation of books in the 15th century, so NFTs have created a way for museums  and art galleries to share their beautiful and priceless artworks and artefacts with a  global audience. 

Artentik will be SCML’s curated platform to share digital twins of its treasures and  encourage living artists to also sell their works as NFTs. This will enable SCML to  monetize and promote its unique cultural heritage to the world while continuing its  extensive 500-year support to social causes. 

The first NFT drop will take place in December and is drawn from SCML’s sacred art  collection, one of the finest in the world. 

In the first drop, Artentik will present a set of 13 assets in three art categories – Painting,  Relics and Artefacts – about St. Francis Xavier, Christmas and the Nativity. They are  unique pieces of an immeasurable richness and symbolism. 

Future drops will be drawn from SCML’s expansive collection of art, relics, reliquaries,  sculptures, music and new artists. 

“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,, is built on Polygon Layer 2 Ethereum blockchain offering  faster transaction speeds, Proof of Stake leading to minimum environmental impact,  and reliability. Payment for NFTs will only be accepted in cryptocurrency. Artentik is a joint venture with Boloro Global Limited, a New York City based technology  company. 

About SCML:  

SCML is a not-for-profit organisation overseen by the Portuguese Minister in charge of Social  Security. Since its founding in 1498, SCML has focused on social enterprise works, and since  1783 it has held the right to operate lotteries to fund health and social initiatives. These now  include various national lotteries, the Euromillions lottery and online gaming. Revenues  earned from this activity are put back into society through social enterprise programmes.  

Since the start of the 21st century, SCML has focused on expanding its social enterprise work  to a broader segment of the population. SCML operates hospitals, invests heavily into  scientific and medical research in neuroscience, funds education and training programmes,  aggregates social entrepreneurship activities, runs a free paediatric dentistry service, works  with other bodies to focus on the care of the 65+ population, and during the COVID-19  pandemic helped the elderly in social isolation as well as setting up a free online psychological  support platform. 

Over the centuries SCML has accumulated a vast artistic and cultural collection, including the  Museum and Church of São Roque. 

Note to journalists attending Web Summit, Lisbon, 1st – 4th November: Edmundo Martinho, President of SCML, will be participating in a panel ‘Philanthropy and art:  The use of NFT for good (purpose) on Wednesday 3rd November, at 12.05pm on the  PandaConf stage. 

Whether you are a regular visitor to Lisbon, or this is your first time, we invite you to visit  SCML and the Museum and Church of São Roque for a completely different experience  while you are in Lisbon.  

The original ‘church’ was a shrine built in the 16th century to house a relic of Saint Roque  and protect Lisbon from the black plague. Much has been added over the centuries, with the  most impressive being the Chapel of St John the Baptist with its outstanding richness and  beauty. The museum was originally built in 1905 and completely remodeled a century later.  This now houses SCML’s artwork collection as well as an enormous collection of rare  paintings, sculptures, oriental art, and liturgical artefacts originally assembled by the Jesuits,  of which only a fraction is on display. 

You can find us at: Largo Trindade Coelho, 1200-470 Lisbon. And the opening times are  from 10am to 6pm daily, except on Mondays when the museum and church are closed. 

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About Boloro:  

Boloro Global Limited (BGL) is a New York City headquartered technology company,  specializing in proprietary platforms for non-fungible tokens (NFTs), e-commerce based lotteries and gaming, as well as unique multi-factor and multi-channel  authentication that is patented in 84 countries. BGL is a member of the Vatican  Council for Inclusive Capitalism as well as telecom and other industry associations.  Please see for more information.