...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.
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