The Massacre of the Innocents

Candido Portinari1943

Projeto Portinari

Projeto Portinari
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Composition in gray tones (predominant), black and white. Smooth and thick texture. Composition representing woman sitting on the floor surrounded by pieces of dead children, scattered throughout the area of ​​the composition. The figures are outlined by dark lines and defined by deliberate significant deformation. Woman faces with the profile head to the right. It has long, straight hair, on the left, as if they were beaten by the wind, just rimmed eyes, flat nose and lips parted revealing expression of despair. It has straight arms and sides, on the right leg folded down and on the left supported also vertically folded. Wears dark clothing with white dots. It has in her lap two dead children whose heads are resting on his legs. Around the woman find themselves several pieces of heads and arms of children, with a higher concentration to the right of the composition. Fund represented by geometrical areas in shades of gray that overlap with figures creating chiaroscuro effects.

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  • Title: The Massacre of the Innocents
  • Date: 1943
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w150 x h150cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: religious:religious scenes:massacre of the innocents, human figure:group:children, human figure:limbs:head, human figure:woman
  • Technique: tempera
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2743
  • Inscription: On back of support and on stretcher, inscription "C 330”.
  • Function: Work executed to decorate the headquarters of the Rádio Tupi of São Paulo, SP.. Biblical Series
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-1753