1Shawn Bose = "What a beautiful mural. Amazing to see the continuing presence of how Christian iconography continues to retain its Imperial Roman heritage even across the millennia and world itself. Here we see Christ still as one imbued with both temporal and divine power as is the most famous and lasting sculpture of the Roman Emperor, the Augustus Prima Porta."
2Justin Halloran = "The image of the dog at St. Francis' feet in Portinari's Picasso-inspired mural also contributed to the controversy surrounding Oscar Niemeyer's church in Pampulha. Some observers claimed the dog represented Satan and the hounds of hell, while others argued the mongrel merely alluded to St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment."