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photoblog image Wood carving by Aleijadinho

Wood carving by Aleijadinho

 

...or perhaps not.  The identity of Antônio Francisco Lisboa (b. 1730?), known as Aleijadinho (the Little Cripple) is in doubt - one story is that he was the son of a Portuguese carpenter and a native woman who followed his father in becoming an architect and wood carver and stone mason.  His nickname was acquired as a result of a wasting disease that left him crippled.  The other story is that the whole thing was the invention of one Rodrigo Bretas, who wrote a book Traços Biográficos de Antônio Francisco Lisboa (Biographical traces of AFL).  The dispute remains unresolved - but the very fine carvings do exist and were done by someone!

 

This was a very bad image to begin with and I'm afraid that conversion to B&W hasn't improved it much.  However, I thought the subject was of interest.

Wood carving by Aleijadinho

 

...or perhaps not.  The identity of Antônio Francisco Lisboa (b. 1730?), known as Aleijadinho (the Little Cripple) is in doubt - one story is that he was the son of a Portuguese carpenter and a native woman who followed his father in becoming an architect and wood carver and stone mason.  His nickname was acquired as a result of a wasting disease that left him crippled.  The other story is that the whole thing was the invention of one Rodrigo Bretas, who wrote a book Traços Biográficos de Antônio Francisco Lisboa (Biographical traces of AFL).  The dispute remains unresolved - but the very fine carvings do exist and were done by someone!

 

This was a very bad image to begin with and I'm afraid that conversion to B&W hasn't improved it much.  However, I thought the subject was of interest.

comments (7)

Invention or not, that is the question Tom!
Tom Wilson: Well, whoever he was, his wood carving was certainly excellent.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Mar 2016, 06:58
The subject is certainly of interest: thank you Tom
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Chris.
It seems to have so,etching of El Creco about it Tom.
Tom Wilson: Mmm - I see what you mean, Chad - although I suspect he would have had little opportunity to know El Greco's work.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Mar 2016, 08:40
No matter, Tom...the anecdote makes up for the image's limitations.
Tom Wilson: Glad you think so, Ray smile
Yes, an interesting story.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Mary.
It is, and as you say someone carved this
Tom Wilson: Indeed!
the wood carving is quite impressive Tom and i'm glad that you saved this much of it... there is quite the history about Aleijadinho!
....petersmile
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Peter - he is very highly regarded in Brazil.

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