Santa Ana in São Paulo: the history of the patron saint reflected in the art of MAS.SP

A unique exhibition celebrates the 470 years of São Paulo exploring the devotion and influence of Santana in the city's cultural identity

The São Paulo Museum of Sacred Art – MAS.SP, institution of Secretariat of culture, Economy and Creative Industry of the State of São Paulo, informs about exhibitionSanta Ana in São Paulo: devotion reflected in art,” a special initiative that marks the 470 years of the city and reveals the profound influence of the patron saint Santa Ana in São Paulo culture and history.


The official opening takes place in 24 January 2024, on wednesday, at 3pm., and the exhibition will remain on display until 28 April of the same year. The MAS.SP invites you to participate and explore the depth of this unique exhibition, which sheds light on the intersection of religious devotion and urban identity in the history of São Paulo.

Since her appointment as patron saint of 1782 Pope Pius VI hair, at the request of the Portuguese, until the change in 2008, when São Paulo assumed this designation, Santana played a vital role in religious devotion and local cultural identity.

The exhibition, part of Assemblage Project, under the coordination of museologist Ramon Vieira, a collaboration between the museum and educational areas, offers a meticulous analysis of the history of this devotion from the colonial period to the present day.

The show, composed of 80 items from the institution's collection, provides a comprehensive view of the different representations of Santana, exploring its presence in sacred art through sculptures, iconographic and textual paintings and documents.

The aim is to offer visitors an in-depth understanding of the veneration of Jesus Christ's grandmother and her lasting influence on the city's religious and urban culture.. Divided into three essential elements, the exhibition begins with a meticulous analysis of the various representations of Santa Ana, showing the evolution of your image over time.

Then, popular devotion to the patron saint is explored, highlighting the depth of the cult and its connection with the religious identity of São Paulo residents. Finally, The core of the exhibition delves into the history of the relationship between Santana it's city, evidenced by the name of the neighborhood of Santana in the capital and other denominations in different municipalities in the state.

The Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo (MAS.SP) is an advocate of the preservation and promotion of cultural and religious heritage. Located in the city of São Paulo, the MAS.SP seeks to connect people to sacred art, enriching understanding of faith and history through its collections and exhibitions.


Santa Ana, also known as Sant'Ana, plays a crucial role in religious history as mother of Our Lady and grandmother of Jesus. Few biographical details are known, mainly through the Proto-Gospel of James, a first-century book not included in the Canonical Gospels.

The name “Ana,” derived from Hebrew “Hanna,” it means “grace.” Belonging to the descendants of the priest Aaron, Santa Ana she was the wife of Saint Joachim, member of the noble royal family of David, whose marriage formed the noble lineage of Mary and Jesus. married young, faced sterility, a condition poorly understood at the time and wrongly attributed to women. Santa Ana and San Joaquim, despite the suffering, they were people of faith.

At a crucial moment, Saint Joachim withdrew into the desert in prayer and penance, being attended to by an angel. Santa Ana also received divine confirmation and shortly after the return of Saint Joachim, conceived Mary, prepared by God to be the mother of the Savior. Christian tradition attributes the birth of Mary to Santa Ana on 8 September, year 20 b.C., overcoming the shame associated with sterility and being fundamental to the History of Salvation.

The devotion to Santa Ana and São Joaquim is ancient in the East and West. The relics of Santa Ana were taken to Constantinople in 710 and distributed in several churches, with the greatest relic remaining in Durem, Germany. In 1584, Pope Gregory XIII fixed the feast of Santa Ana in 26 July, later joined to the commemoration of Saint Joachim by Pope Paul VI in the 1990s. 1960.

Patron saint of grandparents and invoked by women seeking to get pregnant, Sant'Ana is venerated for its influence on the education of Our Lady and Jesus. Your party, celebrated in 26 July, is also the “Grandparents' Day,” a tribute to the importance of this role. Santa Ana, Jesus' grandmother, continues to be a source of comfort and confidence for those who seek his intercession.

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The Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo, institution of the Secretary of Culture, Economy and Creative Industry of the State of São Paulo, It is one of the most important of its kind in the country. It is the result of an agreement signed between the State Government and Mitra Archdiocese of Sao Paulo, in 28 October 1969, and its installation date 29 June 1970.

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Since then, the Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo He came to occupy wing of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of Light, on Avenida Tiradentes, downtown São Paulo. The building is one of the most important monuments of colonial architecture São Paulo, built of rammed earth, rare remaining example in the city, last farm convent city.

It was listed by the Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute National, in 1943, and the Council for the Defense of Heritage, Architectural artistic and the State of São Paulo, in 1979. It has much of its collection also listed by IPHAN, since 1969, whose priceless heritage includes relics of stories in Brazil and worldwide.

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The Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo holds a vast collection of works created between the 16th and 20th centuries, counting with rare specimens and significant. There are more than 10 thousand items in the collection. Has works of recognized names, as Frei Agostinho da Piedade, Frei Agostinho de Jesus, Antonio Francisco Lisboa, the "Aleijadinho" and Benedito Calixto de Jesus, Among many, anonymous or not. Noteworthy are also the collections of nativity scenes, silverware and jewelery, Lampadarios, furniture, altarpieces, altars, clothing, liturgical books and numismatic.


Exhibition: “Santa Ana in São Paulo: devotion reflected in art
Curated By: joint effort between the museological and educational areas – Assemblage Project

Opening: 24 January, on wednesday, at 15:00
Period: from 24 from January to 28 April 2024
Number of works: 80
Technique: sculptures, paintings and textual and iconographic documents

Local: Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo || MAS.SP
Address: Avenida Tiradentes, 676 -Light, São Paulo (Tiradentes station of subway)
Free parking/alternative access: Rua Jorge Miranda, 43 (subject to capacity)
Tel.: 11 3326-3336 | 99466-6662 - Additional Information
Timetables: From Tuesday to Sunday, from 09 às 17h (entry allowed until 4:30 pm)


  • R$ 6,00 (One piece) | R$ 3,00 (half national entry for students, private school teachers and I.D. Young – upon proof);exemptions: children up to 7 years, adults from 60, public school teachers, disabled people, ICOM members, police and military – upon proof; free for all PCDs plus one companion. [FREE] | FREE ON SATURDAYS


  • Parking with exclusive space for the disabled and elderly, accessible and adapted bathroom, access ramp for wheelchair users at the entrance to the MAS, informational accessibility with QR Code in the main works of the collection, physical and communicational accessibility using multisensory resources such as models and tactile pieces used by the educational sector, Libras interpreter and bilingual professionals serving the public, by appointment, digital resources on the museum website, with the use of enlarged characters and audio description.

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Chairman of the Board of Directors – José Roberto Marcellino dos Santos
Executive director - Elaine Caramella
Director of Planning and Management – Tatiana Ricci
Museologist – Ramon Vieira


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