The compositional unity is undoubtedly the great freedom of Aleijadinho, initiated by the undulations of the retaining wall, and bases retreats, without leaving the symmetry imposed by the architecture. The garments are imaginative in their drapingspainted or sculpted figures drapery with regard to wrinkles or curls of garments (in the prophets are comprised of long and short tunics and mantles that make up the volumetry in all faces)., with sometimes hard, sometimes unusual pleats, with knots in most of the figures – most evident in Nahum –, and folds shown by Daniel’s hand. The Baroqueartistic style of the seventeenth century and part of the eighteenth, during the Protestant Reformation against the Catholic reform and the absolutist policy; stylistically it is associated with forms in movement, dramatic expressions, intense color, shadows and lights. drawings of damask patternstandard fabric made with reliefs forming ornaments in silk, originally coming from the city of Damascus, Syria. Typically they feature patterns of flowers, fruits, animal life forms and other types of ornaments. It is also common to find the addition of gold or other metallic fibers. fabrics of the straps are a connecting link between all the sculptures. The designs are accentuated in the straightest folds. Softly rounded folds reveal the importance of detailed ornamental elements to enhance the smooth spaces with the recesses of the folds. They also relieve the sharpest angles of the rolled up sleeves and the sequence of deep and triangular folds of the mantles, in the region of the arms, near the neck, where the interest turns to the flowing beards and hair, minimizing the effect of the damask-patterned ornaments, even with Baroque curved patterns.
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