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The Last Shine of Baroque Art: Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas. ©NHK/UNESCO TV 1985
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The Last Shine of Baroque Art: Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas

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Summary/Historical Context

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Aleijadinho

This sanctuary in Minais Gerais, south of Belo Horizonte was built in the second half of the 18th century. It consists of a church with a magnificent Rococo interior of Italian inspiration; an outdoor stairway decorated with statues of the prophets; and seven chapels illustrating the Stations of the Cross, in which the polychrome sculptures by Aleijadinho are masterpieces of a highly original, moving, expressive form of Baroque art.

Place/country: Brazil
Series: NHK World Heritage 100
Type: Documentary
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Credits: NHK, producer. UNESCO WHC, co-producer ; UNESCO TV, co-producer.
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