Formation of Rio Grande do Sul

Aldo Locatelli1953

Piratini Palace

Piratini Palace
Porto Alegre, Brazil

Painting representing the formation of Rio Grande do Sul, in its different periods. At the top, in the center, a half-naked Indian representing the missionary Indian, portrayed in the figure of Sepé Tiaraju, seated, leaning on a stone, holding a spear in his right hand, while his left hand rests on his knee; behind, the ruins of a Jesuit church. On the left side, a man, on top of a horse, in military attire, corresponding to the uniform of the dragons of Rio Grande, in the background, a fort. On the right side, a group of men and women representing São Paulo pioneers and lagunistas. In the lower part, on the left, a male figure, seated, wearing a poncho, a hat, a gourd in his left hand and a whip in his right. Above, two men, in gaucho clothes, mounted on horses, with the one in the center in a galloping position. Still in the lower part, in the center, a couple and two children, with a tripod in front, with a fire and a kettle, and two heads of cattle behind, representing work in livestock. Sitting on a bundle of hay, beside the fire, a female figure, with a scarf on her head, breastfeeding. In the lower right corner, two male and one female figures, with work tools in the fields, with a wheat field behind, representing the work of immigrants in agriculture. In the center, as a background, the map of Rio Grande do Sul, smoky, a dam and an electric power tower, representing the modernization of the state.


  • Title: Formation of Rio Grande do Sul
  • Creator: Aldo Locatelli
  • Date Created: 1953
  • Location: Palácio Piratini
  • Physical Dimensions: 4,51 m x 5,54 m

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