This lecture aims to highlight the main museums in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, home to the most important works of nineteenth-century Brazilian art. Piccoli explores each museum’s architecture, history, collection, and installation, and she notes specific artworks not to be missed during a visit.
Jean-Baptiste Debret (French, 1768–1848), Review of Military Troops at Praia Grande, 1816. Oil on board on canvas. Collection of the Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brazil
View of the collection display at Museu Dom João VI / Escola de Belas Artes / Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
View of the collection display at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro
Pedro Américo (Portuguese, 1843–1905), The Battle of Avahy, 1872–77. Oil on canvas, 236 1/4 x 433 in. (600 x 1100 cm.) Collection of the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro
Main façade of the Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brazil
View of the collection display, Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP)
Valeria Piccoli is an art historian and curator, and she has been chief curator at Pinacoteca de São Paulo since 2012. Piccoli holds a degree in architecture and a PhD in art history from the University of São Paulo. Her main field of research is nineteenth-century Brazilian art, especially the iconography produced by European traveler artists in Brazil. She has co-curated international exhibitions such as Terra Brasilis, part of the Europalia.Brasil festival held in Brussels in 2011, and Picturing the Americas, an exhibition that was presented in Canada, the United States, and Brazil in 2015–2016 as part of a partnership between the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Terra Foundation for American Art, and the Pinacoteca.