Composition in black tones, white, green and blue. Predominance of sketch lines and some shaded. It depicts the First Mass in Brazil. In the center of the composition, altar diagonally from the left to the right and from front to back, having on the left a kneeling figure at the center a priest standing with arms raised in the air and on the right, another figure on his knees. On the right behind the priest and a little away, kneeling figure in profile to the left. At the bottom, on the right and on the left, two groups of people outlined.


  • Title: The First Mass in Brazil
  • Date: 1948
  • Physical Dimensions: w25 x h15cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: historical themes:historical scenes:first Mass in Brazil, religious:religious scenes:Mass, religious:eclesiastic:Father
  • Technique: lead pencil , color crayon, colored pencil
  • Signature: Stamped signature in bottom left corner "Portinari*". Undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 407
  • Inscription: On reverse, rough sketch of boat possibly by the artist; authentication and inscriptions by Maria Portinari "DN 96” and "Nº 712”.
  • Function: Sketch for the panel “The First Mass in Brazil” [FCO 1706]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-2654

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