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by Linda Hoernke
St. George, Utah
September 9, 2009
From journal Museums & Sites of Rio
new york, New York
November 29, 2000
I was intrigued by the ornate carvings on the stairs leading to the elevated pulpits--lush designs depicting fat cupids frolicking over roses. The oddness of the grisly scenes of suffering amid romantic globe lights and fanciful patterns seemed emblematic of the strange mixture of kitsch, passion, morbidity and grandeur that is the Catholic Church in South America.
On the left side, notice a disproportionately small Christ, hanging crucified like an afterthought amid the voluptuous splendor of the interior space. On the right side, a virgin stares down from her case like a doll for sale in a Christmas window shop, complete with blinking lights.
The weirdest effect for me was the image of the Roman martyr St. Manuel, resembling a Greek faun impaled through the temple with an arrow, the bloody end sticking out of his ear. Exquisite suffering becomes an aesthetic principle.
Visiting Hours: Mon-Friday, 7:30 am-12 pm and 1 pm-4:30 pam.
Sundays, 8am - 1 pm.
From journal Rio: Brazil's Cultural Paradise