Composition in black tones, yellow, blue, violet, green, and white earthy. Parallel lines, dotted and shaded effects. It depicts Don Quixote and Sancho Panza lying on the ground being helped by some people, seeing themselves in the background, horse, donkey and a group of people. In the foreground, center, Don Quixote in the prone position, in profile to the left, wearing dark armor that suggests that metal, spear stuck in his on the left arm and bent legs with knees up. It has beside him two men who are standing with trunks down as if they are helping to close his legs to see if fallen horse cell. In the background, on the right, Sancho Panza in the prone position, in perspective for background, head ahead and legs behind, got to his feet a man holding on his heels as if he were pulling. On the left, horse standing from the front, slightly turned to the left, with the head to the right, looking in the direction of Don Quixote; on the right donkey standing back to back with head turned to the left looking toward Sancho Panza. In the background, on the left, three figures mounted on horseback and three figures standing group. In heaven, on the right, representing the sun. Ground represented by the hatched area in yellow tone with geometrical forms stronger tone suggesting shadows. The sky is also represented in yellow.


  • Title: Fall of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza Sleeping
  • Date: 1956
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w47 x h33cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Nature:Animals:donkey, Nature:Animals:horse, human figure:group:men, human figure:woman, diverse:literary character:D. Quixote, diverse:literary character:Sancho Panza
  • Technique: colored pencil
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1224
  • Function: Illustration for the book “Don Quixote,” by Cervantes, which was never published. Don Quixote Series
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3762

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