Volume IV, issue 2 │ april 2009...............................................................ISSN 1981-030X

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 Works.........................................................................Versão em Português....Version française.........

Something beyond the modern: the afro descendant woman in the Brazilian painting at the beginning of the twentieth century  by Maraliz de Castro Vieira Christo [Portuguese  Français]

Analyzing Armando Vianna´s canvas, Cleaning metals, dated from 1923 and belonging to the collection of the Mariano Procópio Museum, as well as works by Modesto Brocos, Antonio Ferrigno, Lucílio de Albuquerque and Gustavo Dall’Ara, the present article question the Brazilian art historical construction, which excludes a meaningful part of the production of the beginning of the twentieth century for considering it outside the modern standards.  

“The influence of the arts in civilization”: Eliseu Visconti and the stage curtain from Rio de Janeiro´s Municipal Theatre by Ana Heloisa Molina [Portuguese]

In the Rio de Janeiro of the turn to the twentieth century, where progress was conceived as the great history vector, the ideas of “modern” and “modernity” were accomplished into symbolic marks and into images. One example is the stage curtain made by Eliseu Visconti between 1904 and 1908 for the Municipal Theatre of the then Federal Capital, in which a multitude of the greatest representatives of the Arts are congregated for the establishment of civilization in Brazil.

Pedro Weingärtner and the Neo-Pompeian Painting by Camila Dazzi [Portuguese]

The archaeological sites at Pompeii and Herculaneum, since the first findings that occurred almost two centuries ago, were a source of inspiration to Europe´s artistic and intellectual milieu. But the passion for ancient Rome, the possibility of repopulating through the arts its streets, found, also here in Brazil, its adherents: that is what we aim to present in this article, which is focused on the neo-Pompeian production of Pedro Weingärtner.

“It was a Brazilian land”: the representation of the Brazilian nation in the work of Antônio Parreiras by José Maurício Saldanha Álvarez [Portuguese]

The works of Antonio Parreiras expresses the Brazilian search for its place in the world and the anthropophagic capture of a national identity inside an arch of international meaning. Being figured inside the scope of modernity, the paintings of Parreiras rewrites – with dyes, colors, brush strokes, chiaroscuro – the compromise with the European civilization in the tropics and strives to establish a rhetoric of images capable to compound the romance of the nation. 


Alfredo Andersen: a Norwegian father to Paraná´s painting by Amélia Siegel Corrêa [Portuguese]

The panorama of the trajectory of Alfredo Andersen in Brazil presented in this paper emphasizes the social relations and the context from which some of his works were originated, while seeking to articulate art, society and history. With it, the experiences of the artist with Norwegian origin are shown to be even more instigating, for they are endowed with flesh and blood, dreams, contradictions, ambiguities and limits – a part of the social experience of every human being. 

The recovery of Campo dos Goytacazes´s socio-cultural memory through the iconography of the German photographer Guilherme Bolckau by Mônica Scarpat Zandonadi, Almerinda da Silva Lopes and Leonardo da Silva Vasconcelos [Portuguese]

The works of the German photographer Guilherme Bolkau, who worked in Brazil in the nineteenth century, reveals to us the memory of the city of Campos dos Goytacazes, in the Rio de Janeiro. The photographic images are loaded with meanings brought from the social reality, even when that reality is not the direct motive of the representation: to take a walk through Bolckau´s photographs is, therefore, to dive into his cultural universe, marked by the poetry, subtleties, sensibilities and history of an epoch.

 Architecture and Decorative Arts

The Gardens of Challet´s Ranch: an analysis of Glaziou actions in Nova Friburgo by Camila Dias Amaduro  [Portuguese]

The Ranch of Challet, a property of the 1st Baron of Nova Friburgo built between 1850 and 1860, had its gardens projected by Auguste François Marie Glaziou, a renowned French landscaper gardener who worked in Brazil in the second half of the nineteenth century. In our article, we sought to show how Challet´s Ranch brings forth a singular perspective to understand Glaziou´s work: the stylistic mix of the French with the English landscape gardening.

  Primary Sources

Revista do Brasil [Brazil´s Magazine] (1916-1918) – Articles and Art Criticisms organization by Arthur Valle  [Portuguese]


Documents about Rodolpho Amoêdo organization by Márcia Valéria Teixeira Rosa  [Portuguese] .