About the artist
João Batista da Costa (1865 – 1926) was a painter, designer, teacher and Brazilian illustrator.
Son of Francisco José da Costa and Emilia Costa. After a poor childhood spent in Underprivileged Children of Asylum, in Rio de Janeiro, Batista da Costa joined in 1885 at the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts, with the support of the Baron of Mamore, Minister of the Empire, which was Zeferino student from Costa and Rodolfo Amoedo.
In 1896, after winning the Prize Travel to Europe, he studied in Paris at the Julian Academy. Two years later he returned to Brazil and from 1906 he was professor and later director of the National Escalo of Fine Arts, where he worked until his death.