Veiga Vale, José Joaquim da (1806–1874)

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Veiga Vale, José Joaquim da (1806–1874)

José Joaquim da Veiga Vale (b. 1806; d. 1874), Brazilian sculptor. Veiga Vale spent most of his adult life in the state of Goiás. Lacking formal artistic training, he early began to experiment with woodcarving. Although born in the nineteenth century, his art appears to have remained virtually unaffected by the then popular neoclassical tradition taught at the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro. Rather, his carvings display an archaic quality that firmly embeds them in the eighteenth-century baroque tradition. His best-known work, the Santíssima Trindade, still holds a place of honor in an important religious procession in Vila Boa de Goiás, Veiga Vale's hometown. His series of carved religious figures, housed today in the Museu de Arte Sacra da Boa Morte in Goiás, gained recognition in 1940, when an exhibition of his works took place in Vila Boa de Goiás.

See alsoArt: The Nineteenth Century .


Eduardo Etzel, O Barroco no Brasil (1974); Arte no Brasil, vol. 1 (1979), pp. 310-311.

Additional Bibliography

Gomes Júnior, Guilherme Simões. Palavra peregrina: O Barroco e o pensamento sobre artes e letras no Brasil. Sao Paulo: Edusp, 1998.

                              Caren A. Meghreblian