Google Blog: Meet the Brazilian “Painter of the People,” Candido Portinari

Google Blog: Meet the Brazilian “Painter of the People,” Candido Portinari. “Today, in collaboration with six Brazilian museums including Projeto Portinari and Pinacoteca, Google Arts & Culture is launching a comprehensive collection about Cândido Portinari to honor the works of one of the most important Brazilian artists. It’s the first time people will be able to enjoy his collection of over 5,000 pieces of art, thousands of letters and documents from his personal archive and curated stories about Portinari’s art, life and legacy.”

Brazil museum fire: Prized ‘Luzia’ fossil skull recovered (BBC)

BBC: Brazil museum fire: Prized ‘Luzia’ fossil skull recovered. “Most of the skull from a prized 12,000-year-old fossil nicknamed Luzia has been recovered from the wreckage of a fire in Brazil’s National Museum. The 200-year-old building in Rio de Janeiro burned down in September, destroying almost all of its artefacts. But on Friday the museum’s director announced that 80% of Luzia’s skull fragments had been identified.”

Brazil museum fire: Funding sought to rebuild collection (BBC)

BBC: Brazil museum fire: Funding sought to rebuild collection. “Brazilian President Michel Temer says the government is seeking funding from companies and banks to help rebuild the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro after it was destroyed by fire. Education Minister Rossieli Soares said international help was also being sought and talks with the UN’s cultural body, Unesco, were under way. Museum officials say almost 90% of the collection has been destroyed.”

Brazil museum fire: ‘incalculable’ loss as 200-year-old Rio institution gutted (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Brazil museum fire: ‘incalculable’ loss as 200-year-old Rio institution gutted. “Brazil’s oldest and most important historical and scientific museum has been consumed by fire, and much of its archive of 20m items is believed to have been destroyed. The fire at Rio de Janeiro’s 200-year-old National Museum began after it closed to the public on Sunday and raged into the night. There were no reports of injuries, but the loss to Brazilian science, history and culture was incalculable, two of its vice-directors said.”