Composition in ochre, earthy, gray, blue, green, orange, yellow, rose, violet and white. Smooth and thick texture with tenderness in areas of FIGS. Earthying It depicts tall ship deck, with groups of soldiers, sailors and figures represented by geometric areas and the background caravel bow part of the boat sails and blue sea. About geometrized surface in ochre, in the foreground, from the left to the right: crouching sailor pulling a rope that cuts the composition diagonally to the upper on the left corner, with arms stretched to the right and legs apart, wearing shirt in green tones , tights and brown boots. The center profile curved sailor to the right, with arms outstretched taking a coiled blue rope on the ground, using orange hat, blue clothes and boots suggestion. Ahead of sailor back with arms outstretched pulling a rope that crosses the point of the composition, using headscarf, blue short-sleeved clothing, pants rolled up and is barefoot. Finally, along the side edge, a group made up of six friars turbaned, long robes and strappy sandals, forming compact mass in blue tones, green and accents in earthy tone. In the background, still on the deck, from the left to the right: two brothers together, back to back the other being that the back is with his arms raised and the front has a raised head and arms outstretched beside the body. They wear long tunics in shades earthy with details and rope belt in blue-green. At the center, the group consists of eight noble forming geometrized compact area in orange shades. Wear clothes sixteenth century highlighting the caps, bouffant sleeves and ruffled collars. Finally, sailor back, 3/4 facing left, climbing rope ladder, wearing checkered shirt in green and ochre tones, pants rolled up and is barefoot. Behind the ropes crossing the composition in different positions, two groups of soldiers profiled using shining armor and holding spears. In the top on the left, facing sailor, seen from below, climbing rope ladder, toward the candles that appear to have been collected. In the background, on the left, bow other caravel embicada along the deck, looking up details of the hull of the vessel in gray and greenish areas and on the right behind the candles, blue sea in bright colors.


  • Title: Discovery of Brazil
  • Creator Lifespan: 1903-12-29 - 1962-12-06
  • Creator Nationality: Brazilian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Creator Birth Place: Brodowski, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Date: 1954
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w393 x h492cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: social:workers:sailor, historical themes:historical scenes:Discovery of Brazil, historical themes:characters:Jesuits, human figure:group:men
  • Technique: oil , tempera
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom left "PORTINARI 54-55"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2693
  • Notes: Support spliced vertically.
  • Function: Work executed to decorate the headquarters of the Banco Português do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, RJ.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3370

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