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Mar 15, 2013 - Three Compositions: Congonhas, Mariana and Lavras Novas

The Prophets of Congonhas After admiring the architectural gems that Aleijadinho designed in the town of Ouro Preto, I am wondering how he can have improved on them with his much vaunted The Prophets in Congonhas. He was already 62 (or 70, depending), an old, sick and above all crippled man when he sculpted the twelve statues between 1800 and 1805. When I arrive I take some time to walk around and take in the three parts of the composition: the Basilica do Bom Jesus de Matosinhos, the symmetrical placement of the twelve statues along the...

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