Description 15'x11' watercolor;The church is located in the oldest part of the city of Rio de Janeiro. A legend originated devotion to this saint: terrified by the invasion of Moors to the Iberian Peninsula, nuns from a Portuguese convent decided to escape and hid an image of Our Lady of Lapa in a grotto. Years later, a mute shepherdess found the image and spoke again. Our Lady of Lapa became protector of peddlers. In downtown Rio, peddlers would gather at a small public oratorium to pray. In 1747, merchants organized a fraternity to build the Baroque and Rococo style church on wood. It was completed on 1757 and completely redecorate in 1879. A skylight is over the altar. In order to increase its circumference, and admit more light, they made it A skylight is over the altar. In order to increase its circumference, and admit more light, they made it oval. shape.In 1893, during the Revolta da Armada, when marines rebelled against the government, a cannonball knocked down the image of the saint. Miraculously she sustained very little damage, just lost her thumb, and the cannonball and the statue have since been on display in the church.
Lisa Lu, State of Washington Member Since March 2009 Artist Statement Lisa first started painting with color pencils at the age of 10, and she has always loved to paint ever since; it allows her to express feelings with a peaceful mind. Self-taught and self-developed in watercolor and ink painting, each of Lisa's painting is a journey to adventure. Lisa presently resides with her husband and their son in the State of Washington. She is a licensed architect, and currently works in an architecture firm, while continuing self study and painting on architecture and landscape subjects in watercolors.