Meirelles's "The first Mass in Brazil", 1861
Victor Meirelles de Lima (August 18, 1832 - February 22, 1903) was a 19th-century painter. He studied art in Paris but painted most of his works in and about his native Brazil. His religious and military paintings helped him become one of the most popular and celebrated Brazilian painters. His The first Mass in Brazil was the first Brazilian painting to be accepted in the Salons of Paris and is one of the most well known paintings in his native country, being reproduced in every book of History for elementary schools.
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