The painting that Lindley Cintra bequeathed to “President Sampaio” – Portugal

In 1962, Professor Lindley Cintra did not side with his most confrontational students during the student crisis. Thirty-four years later, one of these students received a portrait of the iconic teacher.

On the day of reflection before the elections that would lead to his first term as President of the Republic, Jorge Sampaio decided to go for a walk with his family. I wanted to finish the tour at the seat of candidacy, on Avenida Visconde de Valmor, towards Campo Pequeno, in Lisbon.

Inside there was a large package waiting for him. After disposing of the papers under the eyes of some onlookers, Jorge Sampaio found an oil painting that he was quick to identify and that led him to travel to the student crisis of 1962, reveals José Pedro Castanheira, journalist responsible for the biography of the former President of the Republic.

At the end of this crisis, the student leaders of the University of Lisbon decided to present the professor who had never left their side: Professor Luís Filipe Lindley de Cintra, chair of Linguistics at the Faculty of Arts and who would become one of the most respected philologists and linguists nationals. Lindley Cintra, who was 37 years old at the time, was even attacked by riot police during the student struggle, for not leaving the side of her students.

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