Composition in gray, blue, earthy, green, white and black. Rough texture common in mural painting. It depicts sailors in a boat deck, preparing the earthying, Two more vessels can be seen, far, in the sea. In the foreground, in the center, two powerful figures side by side. On the left, sailor forward facing, , his arms raised, pulling a sinuous rope that crosses the composition vertically. He has his head up with a partially visible face between the arms, wears white fluttering clothes and is barefoot. On the right immediately behind, a figure back facing, the same position of the seaman at ts side. On the left, inside the deck, bent figure facing back, and dressed in blue, and a coil of rope can be seen in between his feet. In the background, on the right, a rope ladder that hangs sinuous up and down, and behind it, a seaman can be seen, back facing, with raised arms and legs spread, also wearing blue clothes. In the third level, next to the railing of the vessel, three sailors back facing, side by side with their arms raised and legs spread, waving to vessels at sea in the distance. On the right gray area cutting the composition in diagonal, representing the sailing of the vessel.


  • Title: Discovery of the Land
  • Date: 1941
  • Physical Dimensions: w316 x h316cm 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, human figure:group:men, diverse:recurring elements:rope
  • Technique: tempera
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom left "PORTINARI 1941"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 3765
  • Function: Work executed to decorate the Hispanic Foundation at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-1593

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