Composition in earthy, ochre, gray, blue, red, white and green tones. Smooth texture and marked brushstrokes. Saint Anthony with Child Jesus occupying almost the entire support area, against landscape background with paths. The saint is standing facing forward, slightly off to the right. He has an oval face, hair cut in tonsure, high forehead, dark eyebrows, straight, half-closed eyes turned down, long thin nose and lips closed. He wears Jesuit cassock with rope tied to the waist and tips falling on the left and on the right third; and sandals with straps between the toes. Have your arms bent at the waist, on the left hand holding a book on which sits the Child Jesus and the next on the right hand to his chestThe boy's profile for facing slightly on the left behind. Has curly hair, only suggested facial features and wears white tunic with dots and red belt. his left arm is stretched with open hand. Ground with flowers and scattered leaves. In the background, toward the horizon, two sinuous paths amid greenery and two hills. Sky in a gradient from white to dark blue at the top of the support. Light coming at the front composition of creating light and dark contrast in the figures.


  • Title: Saint Anthony
  • Date: 1942
  • Location Created: Brodowski, São Paulo, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w78 x h200cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: religious:Jesus:Boy, religious:Saints:Saint Anthony, Nature:landscape:field, human figure:child:boy, human figure:man
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2770
  • Function: Work executed to decorate the altar of the Saint Anthony Church in Brodowski, located on the square in front of the home of Portinari’s parents.. The model for this work was painter José Moraes, a friend of the artist.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-1600

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