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The Baptism of Jesus

Candido Portinari1944

Projeto Portinari

Projeto Portinari
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Composition in blue, black and white tones. Contour lines and shading, and the whole composition is superimposed raster forming rectangles vertically suggesting the tiles that make up the panel. Composition representing baptism It depicts Jesus at the Jordan River and birds flying through the groups of people and angels. On the left back figure almost in profile to the right, with the upper body leaning forward, using transparent tunic. Has the on the right leg stretched and on the left slightly bent with foot resting on a rock. To the left of center of the composition, group of angels standing, facing, suggesting a coral. There are two in front to wear long robes and are with open wings. The on the left has the arms stretched down and hands together in front; the on the right head is tilted slightly to the left, arms straight down and to the right. The rest of the group see only heads with indicated facial features. To the right of center, baptism It depicts Jesus. He is from the front, standing in the transparent waters of the Jordan River that covers her legs to the knees. wear only a cloth around his waist. His face has outlined facial features and his arms are crossed at chest level. Above his head is seen dove forward with open wings, representing the Holy Spirit, surrounded by traits that suggest shining. To his on the left, the figure of Saint John the Baptist also with his legs in the river water. He's on the right arm outstretched with hand on Jesus' head and on the left folded holding a small bowl. His body is surrounded by draping with fallen part of his on the right arm. To the right of the composition, slightly away group suggests be watching baptism. Ahead of all, we see the back of kneeling shepherd, 3/4 facing left, holding the on the right hand stick vertically. A little after six figures, a profile of them on the left with hands close to her face and a slightly turned back to the right, with his arms up hidden by rags as if undressing. The rest of the group sees only part of the head facing forward. At the bottom of the composition representation water where fish swim seen.

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  • Title: The Baptism of Jesus
  • Date: 1944
  • Location Created: Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w109 x h34.5cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: religious:angel, religious:religious scenes:Baptism of Jesus, human figure:group:men
  • Technique: gouache , lead pencil
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2527
  • Inscription: At top edge, numbers 54 through 126; in left half, "45”, "0” and "cm 45”; in the middle, "P”, "cm 45”, "Q” and "cm 32,5”; in right half, "R”, "RR”, "T”, "U”, "V”, "S”, "cm 30”, "W”, "cm 45”, "X”, "cm 30” and "cm 60”
  • Function: Small-scale color sketch for the tile panel “The Baptism of Jesus” [FCO 2476]. This work, as well as the works “Saint Francis Talking to the Birds” [FCO 2525] and “Angels and Shepherds” [FCO 2526], was found during a visit by Graciema Mello Franco de Andrade and Maria do Carmo Nabuco to the Sede Regional do Patrimônio in Belo Horizonte, MG. The institute's director, Roberto Lacerda, opened a drawer and found the three works which, in spite of being rolled up, were still in good condition.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-2015

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