• The Missing ‘Brazilianness’ of Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Art and Architecture

    Author(s):
    Ana Amélia de Paula Moura, Pedro P. Palazzo (see profile)
    Editor(s):
    Nezar AlSayyad, Mark Gillem, David Moffat
    Date:
    2019
    Group(s):
    Architectural History and Theory, History of Art, Latin America and the Caribbean
    Subject(s):
    Brazilian fin de siècle, Brazilian literature, National identity, 19th-century art, Romanticism
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Brazilian art, Art of Brazil, Architecture of Brazil, Neocolonial
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/ny5d-da62
    Abstract:
    This chapter examines a few of the landmark narratives on the issue of national character published between 1880 and 1940. Following the views of Lucio Marcal Ferreira Ribeiro Lima Costa patron, Costa held that it was instead the simple architecture of anonymous master builders that embodied the functional, technical, and aesthetic homogeneity of Brazilianness. In the drive to rehabilitate nineteenth-century Brazilian art and architecture, the actual discourses by which it came to be ostracized have themselves been suppressed from scholarship. The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw the decline of colonial and imperial plantation elites from northeast Brazil and the rise to power of coffee-growing and cattle-ranching oligarchies from the southeast, followed by the rise of industrial capitalism. The unchallenged ethos of national genius that Costa helped construct for Niemeyer remains to the day a favourite topic of debate on the nature of professional practice in Brazilian architecture.
    Notes:
    Originally presented at the 2014 IASTE conference.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    11 months ago
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