I’m taking a page from a colleague of mine at my former haunt, and beginning an “image of the day” series of posts. I hope to do this daily, though I may eventually run out of images (or be short on time) some days, but I’m hoping to have various images from the Americas throughout this blog. Sometimes, these will have a weekly theme of some sort; other times, it will simply be images that are pertinent to what’s going on in Latin America.
That said, as a Brazilianist, it seemed appropriate to introduce the image of the day with the “Grito de Ipiranga,” the painting commemorating Pedro I declaring Brazil’s independence from Portugal by supposedly shouting “Independence or Death!” in 1822. While the painting portrays the moment as heroic and defining, in reality it was probably less glorious; Pedro I allegedly had a horrible case of diarrhea when he made the declaration, and is alleged to have been much more irritable than heroic when he made the now-famous “Shout of Ipiranga.”