João Evangelista de Lima Vidal (1874-1958), remembered by many as ‘the Archbishop’, led the Church of Aveiro in a remarkable manner. After a religious journey that passed by the Seminary of Coimbra, Rome, Angola and Vila Real, it was during a visit to the tomb of Santa Joana that he decided to stay in Aveiro and fulfil his mission, fulfilling the wish of those who wanted to restore the Diocese.
Appointed Bishop of Aveiro in 1940, his achievements were great, and included the construction of the Santa Joana Princesa Seminary. He also possessed a great literary sensibility, and his texts were fundamental to understanding Aveiro in the first half of the twentieth century.
This work by the artist Diogo Landô, through photomontage, collage and digital painting, presents Archbishop João Vidal through symbolic elements of his life, such as the inscription of the coat of arms of the diocese of Aveiro, the Holy Cathedral or the photo of a group of Bishops from the Portuguese Catholic Centre.