A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
203. Twelve prophets
AUGUST 2009: Twelve prophets
Minas Gerais host some very interesting historic towns: Ouro Preto, Mariana, Diamantina, Tiradentes, Sabara, Sao Joao del Rei and Congonhas. Congonhas, located on the historic route “Estrada Real” between Diamantina and Rio de Janeiro, famous for the sanctuary (Basilica) of Bom Jesus de Matosinhos, the statues of twelve prophets, and six chapels with seven performances of the Cross. The sanctuary included in The UNESCO World Heritage List. The prophets – Isaiah, Jeremiah, Baruch, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Obadiah, Amos, Jonah, Nahum and Habakkuk – and the Cross were carved in Baroque style by master sculptor Aleijadinho. The soapstone statues of the prophets are quite affected through the test of time; how would these statues have looked like at the beginning of the eighteenth century, when they just had been carved?
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2009, 2016