Composition in yellow tones, gray, blue, earthy, red, white and ochre. Smooth texture. Composition representing outdoor Mass It depicts, assisted by various groups of people. In the foreground, on the left, soldier profile armor to the right with on the right leg in front of the on the left, holding in his on the right hand sort of spear whose tip is supported on the ground. A little more to the center, figure suggesting canon back and knees. In the center, back priest with altar in front; It has arms up as if consecrating the bread and wine and is flanked by two figures kneeling canons. On the bottom on the right, Profile soldier on the left, kneeling on the right leg, and his on the left elbow on the leg. wear kind of armor and sword at the waist and has a beard. In the background, on the left, group of people outlined, which blend with trees of a forest. In the center, large rectangular altar, another small rectangle on top, which suggests that the pedestal of a sacred image. To the right, another group of people who also is intertwined with the forest trees. In the background lanscape of sea and hills.


  • Title: The First Mass in Brazil
  • Creator Lifespan: 1903-12-29 - 1962-12-06
  • Creator Nationality: Brazilian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Creator Birth Place: Brodowski, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Date: 1948
  • Physical Dimensions: w14.5 x h8.5cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: historical themes:historical scenes:first Mass in Brazil, historical themes:characters:Jesuits, religious:religious scenes:Mass, human figure:group:men
  • Technique: gouache
  • Signature: Signed at bottom right "PORTINARI". Undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 98
  • Inscription: On reverse, inscription by Maria Portinari "DN 945”.
  • Function: Small-scale color sketch for the panel “The First Mass in Brazil” [FCO 1706]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-2659

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