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Miguel Morois, Brasilian sculptor

23 Oct

In Salvador da Bahia, the strength of the Brasilian  visual culture is even more evident than usual. The historic Pelourinho centre is crammed full of baroque buildings – town houses, churches and institutions  – with a wealth of colour and ornament to dazzle and delight the eye.

Town houses, Praça da Sé

Ordem Terceira São Domingos Gusmão Church, Largo Terreiro de Jesus, Pelourinho

Museu de Arte Sacra, Rua do Sodré

The interiors of the churches are heavily ornamented – in some cases to excess – the traditional crafts and the popular arte naif mode are well represented, and fine examples of high art, including wood carving, abound. You can understand why an artist might want to live in such a visually rich environment.

Interior of São Francisco Church, Praça Anchieta

Fabric craft shop, Rua das Laranjeiras

Art shop, Rua das Laranjeiras

Carved jacaranda railing, São Francisco Church, Praça Anchieta

Forty years ago, Uruguyan sculptor Miguel Morois moved to Salvador da Bahia, and stayed. His work is displayed and sold at the Hotel Casa do Amarelindo in Pelourinho in Salvador. It’s a carefully restored nineteenth century town house which demonstrates the visual acuity of its owners.

Entrance to the hotel

Miguel carves and paints figures in wood of the gods or orixas of the candomble religious tradition. This work is medium scale – the figures stand 30 to 40 centimtres high – and they make good use of the bright colours traditionally associated with the various gods. More on them here  http://www.casadoamarelindo.com/en/artigo/index/id/100

This is the Archangel Michael, who weighs souls and defeats Satan

They stand comparison with the best of church statuary.

Saint with skull, Catedral Basílica de Salvador

Xango, god of thunder and of justice, and Iemanja, goddess of the sea and of families …

… in their setting at Hotel Casa do Amarelindo

Saint George / Sao Jorge?

Ibeji, twin child gods – in Yoruba culture, a carving can stand in for a dead twin

At Hotel Casa do Amarelindo, it’s not just the menu which offers a feast. More at  http://theproverbial.org/2012/10/21/the-yellow-house/

View from restaurant to orixas in foyer

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