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Ceiling of the main Church of Provesende

Nisa Félix2016

Faculty of Arts and Humanities of University of Porto

Faculty of Arts and Humanities of University of Porto

John the Baptist is a recurrent figure in the Douro. He is the patron saint of the parish of Provesende. A hermit in the desert “until the day he was presented to Israel” (Lc 1, 80), he is easily identified by his specific clothing: a camel skin wrapped around his body, a red cloak that reminds us of his martyrdom, a cross on his hand symbolising the anticipation of the martyrdom of Christ, a phylactery with the words “Ecce Agnus Dei”, the words spoken by John to the Saviour before he baptised Him in the salvific waters of the Jordan River.

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  • Title: Ceiling of the main Church of Provesende
  • Creator: Nisa Félix
  • Date: 2016
  • Location: Provesende, Sabrosa, Portugal

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