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    Aleijadinho's Passion of Christ

    Hi. To close the Minas Gerais series, here is the 4th and last set. Aleijadinho (Antônio Francisco Lisboa, "The little cripple") will close the series with his sculptures of the Passion of Christ. As mentioned in set 1: The 12 prophets (MINAS GERAIS - Set 1: The Twelve Prophets), Aleijadinho was crippled by leprosy and made these sculptures without part of his hands. To do the job, the tools were strapped to his arms by his assistants. These sculptures were made between 1780 and 1790. Thank you for viewing/commenting this 4th and last set. If you wanna check the 2nd and 3rd sets, just click the links below:

    Set 2: Living stuff (MINAS GERAIS - Set 2: Living Stuff)
    Set 3: The countryside (The Countryside - 3rd set of Minas Gerais)

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    Thus it ends. Next on, back to the birds (I hope)!

    Cheers!

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    Re: Aleijadinho's Passion of Christ

    Fascinating, Otavio. Not only does leprosy cause limb loss, it renders appendages completely insensate, and it is amazing to me that a sculptor could retain enough control and position sense to accomplish his work. Thanks for sharing these.

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    More of the guy's wonderful work. Thanks for posting these nice shots.

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    A lovely story of talent and dedication to his work despite very difficult physical challenges. I really like your composition on image #2 Otavio.

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    #2 has great color and composition. I just wish you had lit it, perhaps with a bounced flash that could have resulted in more diffuse light, to lessen the harsh shadows falling on the background.

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    Re: Aleijadinho's Passion of Christ

    Hi Kevin. Thank you very much for viewing and commenting. To be honest, I always thought more about the physical aspect of the disease but you are absolutely right about this psychological effect that come together. That, to me, make his work still greater! Kindest regards.

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    Re: Aleijadinho's Passion of Christ

    Hello, Bobo. Thanks for viewing and I´m glad you liked it! He was really awesome!

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    Re: Aleijadinho's Passion of Christ

    Hi Shane. Thank you very much for viewing and commenting!

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    Re: Aleijadinho's Passion of Christ

    Otavio​​,
    I saw the works of Aleijadinho in 1967, when I was only 14. I'll schedule a trip to Minas Gerais to visit the Historic Towns and revise the Prophets and the Passion of Christ.
    Thank you for sharing the photos of these works of art. You are helping to publicize the work of this great artist.
    Greetings,
    Antonio.

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    Re: Aleijadinho's Passion of Christ

    Otavio, very nice images and an amazing story behind them. Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Aleijadinho's Passion of Christ

    Hi Mike. Thanks for your comments. I agree with you and I really wish I could get closer to the sculptures so that my flash (built in ) would work better, but they (sculptures) are placed inside small rooms and we can only watch/shoot them through protection grids.
    Kindest regards...

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    Re: Aleijadinho's Passion of Christ

    Hi Antônio. You should really revisit the place. There is a magic atmosphere around it! Thanks for viewing!

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    Re: Aleijadinho's Passion of Christ

    Hello, Paul. Many thanks for viewing and for the encouraging words! Kindest regards.

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    Re: Aleijadinho's Passion of Christ

    Many thanks for putting this up.

    I learned something.
    Since my late teens, I have been fascinated with the tragedy that is Leprosy.
    It started when I read "Ten fingers for God' by Dorothy Clarke Wilson.

    Inspirational thread.
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    Re: Aleijadinho's Passion of Christ

    Hi Robin. I am really glad that you liked the thread! Thanks. If you would like to read more about Aleijadinho, you might want to take a look at the link below:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleijadinho

    Kindest regards...

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