Dom João VI listening to Father José Maurício at the harpsichord (study)

Henrique Bernardelli1880/1936

Museu Histórico Nacional

Museu Histórico Nacional
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Indoor scene. On the left, a priest with a dark habit, sitting on a stool, pointing to the right, playing the harpsichord. In the vicinity of this: chair, detail of seated man, screen and upper part of door. In the center, near the rear end of the piano, a middle-aged man, sitting in a golden armchair, facing left. White hair, yellow jacket, pink vest, blue shorts, white socks and black shoes. On the right, a woman sitting on a golden armchair with green upholstery. Dark hair, tied up, long dress and gloves in pink tones. Behind her, four men, one standing and three seated. In the upper right corner, detail of painting and walls in ocher and brown tones. Author's signature on the right side in brown ink: "HBernardelli".
The portrayed main characters are Dom João VI (Lisbon, May 13, 1767 - March 10, 1826), King of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and Algarves, and José Maurício Nunes Garcia (Rio de Janeiro, September 22, 1767 - April 18, 1830), Catholic priest, music teacher, conductor, multi-instrumentalist and Brazilian composer.


  • Title: Dom João VI listening to Father José Maurício at the harpsichord (study)
  • Creator: Henrique Bernardelli
  • Creator Lifespan: 1858 - 1936
  • Creator Nationality: Brasileiro
  • Creator Gender: Masculino
  • Creator Death Place: Rio de Janeiro
  • Creator Birth Place: Valparaíso
  • Date Created: 1880/1936
  • Physical Dimensions: 41 x 51 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: Museu Histórico Nacional
  • Medium: Oil on wood

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