Page traduced by Fernando P. de Oliveira.
Aleijadinho enjoyed the fullness
of life, a perfect health and the pleasures of a good table, in addition to the popular
dances in vogue at the epoch, together with his art, until 1777.
The year of 1777 was a splitting year in his life, a time of illnesses. Until then his work reflected joyfulness, even some cheerfulness. After that, especially towards the end, the artist's work becomes somber, bitter and anguished.
In the words of city councilman for Mariana,
Joaquim Jose da Silva, quoted by Rodrigo Ferreira Bretas, " so much preciousness
stored in such a sick body that it must be taken everywhere and have the irons tied unto
him in order to perform his work". There are receipts of expenses incurred with
Aleijadinho's transfers which back up the above excerpt.
There is a considerable artistic production left
by Aleijadinho, as it is evidenced in documentation kept in the archives. Receipts and its
In 1796, at the peak of a victorious artistic career and regarded by his own contemporary folk as far superior to all the other artists his peers, Aleijadinho starts in Congonhas his most significant cycle in his art. In less than 10 years he produces a total of 78 statues, amidst which his greatest masterpieces.
His masterpiece par excellence, without any doubt whatsoever was Congonhas. Yet, you can find several important works by Aleijadinho also in Ouro Preto, among which we indicate: San Francis of Assisi Church; the Church of Our Lady of Carmo; Saint Joseph's Church; Cathedral of Our Lady of Pilar; the Public Fountain of Pissarrao; Governor's Palace. - Visit the links below to find more works from the Master.
* Some suppose that the image on top this page
is one of the Master Aleijadinho,
in a portrayal by master Athayde, but its authenticity is questioned.
* The other image is the drawing of Aleijadinho, made by Belmonte,
taken from the book "O Aleijadinho" by Fernando Jorge - Bertrand