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Igrejinha da Pampulha - Paineis de Portinari- Igreja Sao Francisco de Assis
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Church of Saint Francis of Assis, known as "Igrejinha da Pampulha", in reference to the neighborhood where it is located - Pampulha, was built between 1943 and 1944, but was opened to the public only in April 1959, due to differences between clerics about the painting of St. Francis of Assis produced by Candido Portinari. The architectural design of the church belongs to Oscar Niemeyer. Here I emphasized the side where the panels of Portinari, object of controversy, stay.


The "Igrejinha da Pampulha" composes the Niemeyer's project to the neighborhood Pampulha, created from request of the then mayor of Belo Horizonte, Juscelino Kubitschek. It is considered the masterpiece of the architectural complex of Pampulha. The curved lines of the church seduced artists and architects, but offended the cramped cultural environment of the city, so that the ecclesiastical authorities did not allow, for many years, the consecration of the chapel because of its unusual form and due to the panel of PORTINARI, where, near to St. Francis of Assis, we see a dog representing a wolf and due to the unrealistic form with that St. Francis was portrayed, with disproportionate hands. The church remained for fourteen years forbidden to worship. In the eyes of Archbishop Dom Antonio dos Santos Cabral, the church was just a shed.

Despite the problems, over the years, the work of Niemeyer, inaugurated in 1944, maintains the refinement of the frescoes, tiles and paintings of Candido Portinari (1903-1962).

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Copyright: Luis Padilha
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Uploaded: 19/08/2009
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Tags: igrejinha da pampulha; belo horizonte; minas gerais; oscar niemaeyer; portinari
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