"ALEIJADINHO,THE LITTLE CRIPPLE WAS A BIG ARTIST!" Top 5 Page for this destination Ouro Prêto Local Custom Tip by janaina

Ouro Prêto Local Customs: 9 reviews and 14 photos


Aleijadinho left Brazil with a treasure of sculptures,including the twelve prophets,that made the UNESCO agents spechless.
This man was a son of a simple worker from Portugal,and an african slave,he was fat,short,had red hair,with a huge head and enormous lips and ears,was not what one could call a handsome.
In the age of 47,he suffered from a misterious disease what deformed his feet and hands.
His father worked as a carpenter and also with wood sculptures,and took his son to help him at work..very soon,he showed his talents.
He could not walk,than,the slaves carried him on their backs to his workplace,and tied his deformed hands to a special lashes that he could use it to create the most beautiful sculptures in the world!
Here is the artist self portrait in a sculpture,than will follow 3 of the 12 prophets,one of thousands examples of this great and unusual artist!

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  • Updated Sep 14, 2002
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