Arquivo da tag: downtown rio

RIO OF ALL SAINTS: SAINT PETER AND SAINT PAUL

On June 29th the world Christian community celebrates the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Saint Peter, also called the Prince of the Apostles, was born in Galilee and was baptized Simon, having his name changed by Jesus himself, thus stating the choice of Peter as the rock on which to build His Church. Peter […]

THE GREEN MEN FROM RIO

On June 23rd, 2015 I wrote here about gargoyles.[1] The subject seemed so interesting that I decided to research a bit more. My main interest was the central gargoyle – a mist of a man, a bat and a frog – that decorates the façade of Castelinho Francês, in the neighborhood of Flamengo. I found […]

RIO OF ALL SAINTS: SAINT MARK THE EVANGELIST

Hi, everyone! On April 25th the Christianity celebrates the Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist, and therefore we pay here a simple tribute to this saint, one of the four evangelists, besides showing some invocations of his image in the city. Mark – or John Mark, according to some authors – was born around 10 […]

MINISTRY OF FINANCES: THE WINTER GARDEN WORKS OF ART

Hi, fellows! I write today about the works of art put in the winter garden of the building located at 375, Presidente Antonio Carlos Avenue, in Downtown Rio – headquarters of the Rio de Janeiro Ministry of Finances. But before I start – first things first – a quick historic introduction is necessary. By the […]

O MAIS BELO BAIXO-RELEVO DO RIO DE JANEIRO

RUA DA CANDELÁRIA, 9 PALÁCIO DO COMÉRCIO OU CASA DO EMPRESÁRIO PROJETO DE HENRI PAUL PIERRE SAJOUS E AUGUSTE RENDU, 1935 CONSTRUÍDO POR DOURADO S.A.  BAIXOS-RELEVOS EM MÁRMORE ALBERT FREYHOFFER, 1940 É muita responsabilidade ser “o mais belo baixo-relevo da cidade”, numa cidade cheia de belos baixos-relevos. Mas o leitor haverá de me dar razão […]

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BAS-RELIEF OF RIO DE JANEIRO

9, CANDELARIA STREET PALACE OF COMMERCE OR HOUSE OF BUSINESSMAN PROJECT BY HENRI PAUL PIERRE SAJOUS AND AUGUSTE RENDU, 1935 BUILT BY DOURADO S.A. MARBLE BAS-RELIEFS ALBERT FREYHOFFER, 1940 It is too much responsibility to be the “most beautiful bas-relief of the town”, in a town full of beautiful bas-reliefs. But the reader is going […]

MUNICIPAL THEATRE, PART 2: THE CARYATIDS

N/N, FLORIANO SQUARE RIO DE JANEIRO MUNICIPAL THEATRE PROJECT BY FRANCISCO DE OLIVEIRA PASSOS AND ALBERT GUILBERT, 1904 UNKNOWN AUTHORS EIGHT BRONZE SCULPTURES 1909 C. Atlantes[1] and caryatids – we´ve already seen here – are anthropomorphic ornamental structures[2] employed in buildings since classical antiquity. In most cases, they are responsible for the symbolical function of supporting […]