Sacred Art: Catholic Saints and Candomblé Gods in Modern Brazil

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15
TIME PASSES

ON THE TWENTY-FIRST OF NOVEMBER in 2015, we received an e-mail message from Ricardo Miranda:

“I lament to inform you that on the eighteenth of November, 2015, our friend Joildo passed, due to the complications of diabetes.

“I am very sad.”

No, no, how can that be? Joildo Araújo da Silva, Pelourinho’s painter of rural landscapes, our dear friend Jó Silara was only fifty-two, tall and slender, a smiling man ripe with life. We grieved from afar, recalling our happy trip with Jó and Ricardo, taken to meet Jó’s parents near Cachoeira, and when we were next in Brazil, in July of 2016, we went straight to the shop Jó and Ricardo shared, then downstairs through Ricardo’s studio, and out into the quiet air of the courtyard in back.

It was a time for tears and remembering. On the thirteenth of November, Ricardo said, Jó had a premonition. He suddenly stopped painting and called his first wife, telling her that if something happened to him, she should look after their son Diego. Four days later, Jó slumped at his easel. A sugar cube slipped through his lips revived him, but he awoke unable to see, and Ricardo, in wild distress, called an ambulance. In the ambulance, Jó suff ered a heart attack. The medics ripped his shirt open and thumped his heart back into beating, but early on the morning of the eighteenth, Diego called Ricardo to say that Jó was dead.

They were partners for fifteen years. Jó was twelve years older. He managed the business and taught Ricardo about sales, not about how to deal with

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Title Page vii
  • An Introduction 1
  • 1 - The Historical Center 9
  • 2 - Modern Masters of Sacred Art 27
  • 3 - The Sculptor’s Story 65
  • 4 - Markets for Sacred Art 83
  • 5 - Ibimirim Carvers in the Sertão 103
  • 6 - Maragojipinho Sacred Clay in Bahia 151
  • 7 - TracunhaÉm Sacred Clay in Pernambuco 183
  • 8 - Painting in Olinda 245
  • 9 - Carving in Cachoeira 273
  • 10 - Return to Pelourinho 305
  • 11 - Saints and OrixÁs in Pelourinho 333
  • 12 - Smiths of the Sacred 381
  • 13 - The Painter of OrixÁs 423
  • 14 - Power and Beauty 455
  • 15 - Time Passes 477
  • Acknowledgments 487
  • Notes 489
  • Bibliography 511
  • Index 531
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