Aleijadinho

We started the day by seeing an exhibition of work attributed to Antônio Francisco Lisboa, known as the Aleijadinho (‘the little cripple’), the son of a Portuguese master of works and his slave until freed.   He produced a large collection of devotional works.

São Manuel (c.1760):-

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Christ of the Scourging (1791-1812):-

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Our Lady of the Rosary:-

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Our Lady of Sorrows:-

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The exhibition is a way of exploring the Portuguese diaspora, its derivation from Austrian and German, as well as Portuguese baroque, and the abolition of slavery only in 1888.

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