This presentation offers a view on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries’ artistic heritage in what is now independent Brazil. It underlines regional variations on the adaptation of the Portuguese artistic models and presents a chronology of relevant artwork. In parallel with some milestones of the political and territorial organization of the then-called Portuguese America, André Tavares briefly discusses the features of Brazilian artistic geography and the role that colonial art played in the creation of a national narrative for the Brazilian History of Art.
Museu das Missões, São Miguel, Rio Grande do Sul state.
Benedictine monastery of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro state.
Nossa Senhora da Candelária church, Itu, São Paulo state.
Nossa Senhora da corrente church, Penedo, Alagoas state.
Painted chapel, São João Batista church, Belém, Pará state.
São Francisco church, Salvador, Bahia state.
São Francisco da penitência church, Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais state.
André Tavares is professor at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (UNIFESP). He is a member of the Attingham Trust for the Study of Historic Houses and Collections, a fellow at the Zurbarán Centre for the Spanish and Latin American Art (University of Durham), and has been a visiting scholar at the Yale Center for British Art (2016), the Getty Research Institute (2011), and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2010). Tavares has a masters in in History of Art (State University of Campinas, UNICAMP, 2001) and a PhD in Social History (State University of Campinas, Brazil / UNICAMP, 2006) and Arts / Drawing (UNICAMP / Institute for the Arts, 2009). He currently studies the British presence in Portugal and Brazil between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and the visual culture of mining activities in Minas Gerais that emerges from those exchanges.