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Aleijadinho

Aleijadinho l?zhd?ny? [key] [Port.,=little cripple], 1730?1814, Brazilian sculptor. His real name was Antnio Francisco Lisboa. Although he was maimed in hands and feet, he is known for the brilliance of his church sculpture. His most famous works are the carvings in the Church of So Francisco at Ouro Prto and the statues of the Twelve Prophets at Congonhas do Campo. The distinctive baroque style of Aleijadinho's works, carved in wood and indigenous soapstone, has caused much church sculpture in his native Minas Gerais to be attributed to him.

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