The Arrival of Dom João VI to Bahia

Candido Portinari1952

Projeto Portinari

Projeto Portinari
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Composition in tones earthy, ochre, yellow, red, orange, blue, gray, green, white and black. Smooth texture. It depicts the royal family earthying in Bahia. Cortege taking ahead D. João VI, Carlota Joaquina and Pedro being received by a noble and religious, surrounded by popular and soldiers, seeing the background blue sea with caravels and Bahia lanscape. On the left, popular grouped in a kind of dock where you can see part of a caravel aportada, the figure of a Bahian highlighting with board head watching the arrival of procession taking ahead of the royal family. The crowd joins in perspective for background. In the center of the composition, tall masts with different colors flags flying. On the right grouped crowd and little deeper, part of the city at the foot of a hill, especially a church. In the background, blue sea with three caravels diagonally from the left to the right and front to the back, next to the horizon. Blue sky with some clouds.

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  • Title: The Arrival of Dom João VI to Bahia
  • Date: 1952
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w71 x h47cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: historical themes:historical scenes:arrival of the Portuguese royal family in Bahia, historical themes:characters:D. João VI, historical themes:characters:D. Pedro I, historical themes:characters:D. Carlota Joaquina, human figure:child, human figure:group:men, human figure:group:women
  • Technique: oil
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1557
  • Notes: Support affixed to canvas.
  • Inscription: Signed in dedication at bottom right "PARA O CALLADO SEU AMIGO PORTINARI”. Undated. On reverse, label "Nº 171 A chegada de D. João VI Exposição no Pavilhão de Arte Contemporânea de Milão-Itália Col. Antonio Callado 21 de março a 21 de abril 1963”. On stretcher and on back of frame, handwritten labels "2.076/72 Antônio Callado” and "74”.
  • Function: Small-scale color sketch for the panel “The Arrival of Dom João VI to Bahia” [FCO 2404]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3066