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  • Bom jesus do matosinhos.
    Bom jesus do matosinhos.
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  • Congonhas - Brazil
    Congonhas - Brazil
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  • Four of the Prophets
    Four of the Prophets
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    The chapels of the passion

    by solopes Updated Oct 15, 2012

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    Let me translate some words of prof. Moacyr Vasconcellos:

    “In only 200 meters in straight line, in the modest town of Congonhas do Campo, in the mountains of Minas Gerais, thousands of kilometres from the big centres of western civilizations, there are concentrated 78 sculptures which compose the most fabulous ensemble of baroque art in the world: they are, the 66 images in cedar of Passos da Paixao, e the 12 prophets in soap-stone.

    Amidst them, we count a minimum of 40 figures considered masterpieces.”

    These works were conceived, directed and maybe executed by “Aleijadinho”, which means… it’s hard to translate: something around dear crippled, or poor crippled, or small crippled.

    Born and dead Portuguese, in Brazil (1730?-1814), Antonio Francisco Lisboa, is, maybe, the greatest artistic name in Brazil.

    Professionally a carpenter, he became a genius of sculpture, with works all over the state, that the Portuguese discovered through the novels . I will be obliged to talk about him, in some other tips.

    For more details see: http://www.bookrags.com/biography-o-aleijadinho/

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    Aleijadinho's masterpieces

    by solopes Updated Oct 15, 2012

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    The church of Bom Jesus de Matosinhos is surrounded by a large collection of some of the most famous statues of Brazil.

    Several times showed in Brazilian novels that fill Portuguese TV, it was for us more like a meeting then a discovery. But we enjoyed it (specially Fernanda).

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    Bom jesus do Matosinhos.

    by cachaseiro Written Jul 5, 2010

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    Bom jesus do matosinhos.

    When people come to visit Congonhas it´s almost always because they want to see bom jesus do matosinhos and especially the 12 apostles done by Aleijadinho.
    The basilica itself is a quite small basilica, but the frontal part of it is very impressive with the statues of the apostles.
    The work of Aleijadinho is really impressive and worth seeing even if you are not a big art person.

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    Chapel Scene: Last Supper

    by NedHopkins Updated Dec 16, 2003

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    The Last Supper

    In six chapels representing Stations of the Cross, Aleijadinho sculpted 66 figures in cedar. (Assistants may have helped him or may have done some of the figures under his supervision.)

    Sculpted between 1796 and 1799, the figures were later colored by Aleijadinho's friend, Manuel da Costa Athayde — the greatest of Brazil's Baroque painters — and other artists.

    The figures are enclosed behind iron gates, making it impossible to photograph the whole of any one scene (at least without a panoramic lens) -- but also difficult to impossible for vandals to attack them.

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    Chapel Scene: Scourging

    by NedHopkins Updated Dec 15, 2003

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    The Scourging

    An interesting -- perhaps revealing -- feature of the 'chapel figures' is that the evil Romans have on boots of the type worn by Portuguese soldiers in Aleijadinho's time.

    Aleijadinho was contemporary with Tiradentes and the abortive Inconfidencia revolt -- harshly put down by the Portuguese authorities.

    Putting the Romans in Portuguese footwear has long been interpreted as Aleijadinho's subtle way of expressing sympathy for the independence movement.

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    The Prophets

    by NedHopkins Updated Dec 13, 2003

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    Four of the Prophets

    Alongside each of the 12 prophets is a tablet with a passage from his book — chiseled in garbled Latin by Aleijadinho.

    An interesting feature of the prophets — and of the wooden figures in the chapels — is the shape of their eyes. It reflects the influence of Chinese art stemming from Portugal's intercourse with that country through its colony at Macao.

    This picture gives some idea of the prophets' placement in front of the church.

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    ..se quem virar ja foi..

    by janaina Written Apr 11, 2003

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    ..thousand dreams to bury
    winds and storms
    body and soul together
    the years are heavy inside
    the heart

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    ..e as lagrimas fogem deti

    by janaina Written Apr 11, 2003

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    ..if who came already left
    if who turn away already went..
    only for who that stay
    the days are always the same

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