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A Work of Art – Museu Paulista

20 August 2010 // Filed under Arts + Brazil + Posts + Reviews + Trips

Museu Paulista da Universidade de Sao Paulo, alternatively known as the Museu do Ipiranga, is a museum dedicated to the history of Sao Paulo and Brazil in general. Located in the Parque de Independencia, or Independence Park, the complex was commissioned by Dom Pedro II as a monument commemorating the Independence of Brazil. The story goes that on September 7, 1822 his father, Dom Pedro I, pronounced the independence of the country on the banks of the Ipiranga, a waterway that runs through the southeast portion of the city.

Designed by Tommaso Guadenzio Bezzi in 1884, the edifice and its gardens were modeled after the Renaissance palaces such as of Versailles.

O Museu Paulista foi inaugurado em 7 de setembro de 1895 como museu de Historia Natural e marco representativo da Independencia, da Historia do Brasil e Paulista.

The Paulista Museum was inaugurated on the 7th of September, 1895 as the museum of Natural History and representative mark of Independence, of the History of Brazil and Sao Paulo.

The core of the collection comes from Colonial Joaquim Sertorio, the donator who begin the acquisition of now 125 million objects. You would not be able to tell this entering the museum, as many of the rooms contain displays void of real content. For example, there was a display case dedicated to home entertainment which contained a child's ceramic tea set and cardboard cutouts of a family and another with shards of teaware. Seeing this we jokingly remarked that families who had been in Brazil for more than two generations had a better display of colonial home decor.

We concluded that the content of the museum was not as engaging as the complex itself. With its Portuguese aesthetic for vibrantly colored facades and multistoried solid geometric architecture the display provided plenty to view. The most intriguing aspect was the shields of arms and the pediment on the facade, both of which contained no design. The shield resembled the Portuguese coat of arms except the initials of the reigning king were missing, no coincidence for a country with a history of imperial government (Dom Pedro I declared independence but gained the formal title Emperor of Brazil).

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