Composition in tones earthy, blue, green, rose, red and black. All composition cut into small squares like a mosaic. Contour lines and quick strokes. Jesus Christ flanked by the twelve apostles, occupying the entire width of the support area. In the center, Jesus standing, facing, face up. Beside him to the left and on the right six apostles kneeling side by side profile, with hands on the face and head. Background earthy seeing at the top, on the right, suggesting that circle the moon. Several lines cross the composition marking vanishing points.


  • Title: Jesus and the Apostles
  • Date: 1957
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w48 x h32.5cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: religious:Jesus, human figure:group:men
  • Technique: lead pencil , colored pencil
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom right "Portinari 57"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2577
  • Function: Study for the mosaic mural “Jesus and the Apostles”; not executed. Work designed for the Palácio da Alvorada chapel, Brasília, DF
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-4118

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