Photograph used in the book "The Secret of the Twelve Prophets". In this book, of my own, I am also the author of the photographs. The theme of the book is an intriguing relationship between the "inconfidentes" (a group of Brazilians who was arrested and convicted of conspiring for independence in 1789/1792) and the twelve prophets carved between the years of 1800 and 1805 by the brilliant Portuguese-Brazilian sculptor Antônio Francisco Lisboa, Aleijadinho (1730-1814), born in Vila Rica do Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais. This panoramic photo shows the entrance of the Basilica of Bom Jesus do Matosinhos, located in Congonhas, Minas Gerais, where the twelve prophets are carved in soapstone.
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