Landoswki: From Piratini Palace to Rio de Janeiro

The first work of the sculptor of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil was landed in this gaucho heritage

Paul LandowskiPiratini Palace

Paul Maximilien Landowski, sculptor of Polish origin, was born in Paris in 1875. In 1906 he settled in Boulogne-Billancourt until his death in 1961, when his studio was transformed into a museum open to the public.

Agriculture and IndustryPiratini Palace

On the façade, facing Praça da Matriz, serving as a frame for the main entrance, there are female figures alluding to Industry – with the torch, representing the forge and helmet – and to Agriculture – with the presence of the fruits of the earth.

Agriculture and IndustryPiratini Palace

To the left of the main door of the Palace, on a pedestal, a female figure, with bare chest, sitting, legs. In his left hand he holds a cornucopia, from which the fruits come out, while his right hand, along the body. On her head is a laurel wreath.

Agriculture and IndustryPiratini Palace

On the right, a female figure is seated, with one leg bent. In his raised right hand, he holds a torch of fire, and in his left, he holds an anvil. On his head, a stylized lion-shaped helmet.

The SpringPiratini Palace

"Spring" in the garden of the residential wing

In 1910 Landowski was invited to create the three sculptures that decorate the facades and the garden of the residential wing of Palácio Piratini.

The cleaning of the sculptural sets that make up the facades of Piratini is one of the most important actions in commemoration of the Centenary of the Palace, aiming to preserve the artistic and architectural heritage that helps to tell its story. The caretaker was carried out by the company Estúdio Sarasá, sponsored by Corsan and supported by the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Rural Development. 

The SpringPiratini Palace

The sculptural group "A Primavera" (The spring), signed by the artist, was created in Paris between 1910 and 1913. The pieces were brought in blocks from France and assembled in the Piratini Palace. They represent the 4 seasons in analogy to the 4 stages of life.


Adorned with fruits and flowers, Spring is represented by a naked woman. The season is portrayed as a representation of youth and fertility.

The SpringPiratini Palace


Represented by children who play smiling is summer.

The SpringPiratini Palace

The beginning of life is related to the season of the year that represents joy.

The SpringPiratini Palace

Sheeps representing the reproduction of life are also part of the sculptural group.

The SpringPiratini Palace


Autumn is represented as a couple in love. In the work, the season represents maturity.

The SpringPiratini Palace


Represented by an elderly couple, Winter in the work represents more than the sunset of life, but wisdom.

The SpringPiratini Palace

The consecration of "Spring" !

In 2021, in a restoration action, the sculptural group was cleaned in celebration of the centenary of Palácio Piratini so that it can continue and beautify our gardens for many long years.

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Piratini Palace - conservation and memory  Piratini Palace 
Directed by: Mateus Gomes
Photography: Fernando Bueno; Gustavo Mansur - Piratini Palace collection 
Editing: Mateus Gomes; Willian Caetano 
Technical reference: Paul Landowski, un artiste humaniste - Le Christ Rédempteur (
Texts: Willian Caetano
Credits: Video
Graphic animation: Gabriel Abreu
Directed : Mateus Gomes 
Editing: Álvaro Bonadiman 
Image: Álvaro Bonadiman and Vinicius Conrad 
Voice over: Deborah Anttuart
Reporting by: Stefani Fontanive

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