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The Anhanguera, by Theodoro Braga: conception of a history painting and its acquisition for the Museu Paulista collection

Grant number: 19/23664-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2019
Effective date (End): January 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Museology
Principal researcher:Paulo César Garcez Marins
Grantee:Elisa Ferreira Rocha Campos
Home Institution: Museu Paulista (MP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:17/07366-1 - Collect, identify, describe, exhibit: the curatorial cycle and the production of knowledge, AP.TEM


The painting "O Anhanguera", belonging to the Paulista Museum's collection, is one of the best known representations of this bandeirante responsible for entrances in the Goiás hinterlands. Made in 1930 by the painter Theodoro Braga, born in Pará, it shows the bandeirante at the moment it sets fire to an alcohol container to frighten indigenous groups and force them to reveal the location of gold deposits. To date, the Museum does not have reliable information about both its production and its acquisition process, knowing only that it was donated by Mme. Maria da Silva Braga in 1960. The research project therefore seeks to obtain information about the production process of the work and the reasons that led to its donation thirty years after its production. Objectives: To understand the relationship between the production of painting and the definition of an iconographic pattern of the representation of bandeirantes established by the Paulista Museum during the administration of Afonso Taunay, in order to detect if there were interactions between its author, the painter Theodoro Braga, and this artist. director of the Paulista Museum; understand the process of acquisition of the work in the 1960s, collecting documentation on this collection collection in the documentation of the institutional archive, reports and periodicals.

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