Composition in blue tones, earthy, ochre, yellow, gray, green, orange, white, black, red and rose. Smooth texture. First Mass in Brazil It depicts in lanscape with sea and mountains. In the foreground, on the left, soldier standing with his back, 3/4 facing right, watching the It depicts. wear helmet and armor with puffed sleeves, short skirt and dotted shoes. Holds in his on the left hand a spear and has his on the right arm lying along the body. In the background from the left to the right: top coconut trunk vertically through the composition; two kneeling figures in profile to the right with the suggested facial features; group of monks kneeling side by side on his back slightly turned to the right with heads bowed wearing brown robes with hood on his back and rope belts. To the right of center, open bag from where fabrics in orange and kneeling group of soldiers side by side on the left diagonal to on the right and front to back and six in front and three behind, all facing to the left with bowed heads and clasped hands. On the third level, on the left, coconut tree trunk. The center altar adorned by flowers and open missal toward the priest who is in front. The priest is 3/4 facing left, head and arms raised suggesting that the timing of the increase. Clothes casula ochre and yellow with large cross in the back. To his on the right, Sexton kneeling. On the right, which depends thin post with a white standard Red Cross. In the background, lanscape with sea and mountains and on the right, high mountains, people kneeling in front of groups and three palm trees side by side surrounded by native figures. The composition is slightly geometrized cleanly.


  • 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: w50 x h26cm 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 , lead pencil
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom left "PORTINARI 1948"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1950
  • Function: Small-scale color sketch for the panel “The First Mass in Brazil” [FCO 1706]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-2660

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