Colonial Brazil

The art of this period reflects the complexity of Portuguese and Dutch colonial history.

1500 - 1815 C.E.

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Mestre Valentim, Passeio Publico, Rio de Janeiro
Mestre Valentim, Passeio Publico, Rio de Janeiro

The first public park in Brazil and a major urban planning commission awarded to an artist of African descent.

Albert Eckhout, Series of eight figures
Albert Eckhout, Series of eight figures

A short-lived Dutch colony produced art that sought to serve science but instead served racism.

Church of São Francisco de Assis, Ouro Preto, Brazil
Church of São Francisco de Assis, Ouro Preto, Brazil

Ouro Preto was a remote yet cosmopolitan town where gold supported both artists and architects.

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