Highlights of Philippine Visual Arts (Paintings)

Spolliarium by Juan Luna

(The painting is actully a giant one size 4×7 meters, exhibited at Metropolitan Museum Philippines, the frame is different)

In the late 1800’s when most Asian were still trying to figure out the meaning of modern art, Filipinos are already making waves in Europe.   And decades before Hollywood captured the Roman gladiators on film, Juan Luna from Philippines already captured its moving reality on canvas.  Juan Luna won the gold on a competition in Madrid, Spain.  He was only 24 then, an ex-naval officer and pensionado of the Philippine Colonial Government.  As recorded, everyone who view could not believed what they saw.    As told, Michael Angelo took 60 years to perfect such style.  Juan Luna only made it in 6 years.

In native Filipino language “Nilampaso lang naman ni Juan Luna ang pinaka magagaling na pintor sa buong mundo ng panahong iyon.” 🙂

Partly Exerpt info:

Juan Luna had briefly attended classes at the Academia de San Fernando and was the protege of Alejo Vera, one of the young Filipino so impressed Vera that he took Luna along with him when he went to Rome to undertake some commissions. In Rome, Luna imbibed the classical spirit of Michelangelo and Raphael and worked hard—for eight months—on an immense canvas which measure roughly 4 x 7 meters. The painting, which now hangs in the hall of Flags, Department of Foreign Affairs, a gift from the Spanish government in 1958, is the Spoliarium. This was to be his entity at the Madrid Exposition of 1884. It was an immediate sensation. It won not only the highest possible honor, the first of three Gold Medals, but also enthusiastic notice in the newspaper columns of Madrid, Barcelona, and Paris. Many of the notices were extravagant raves. Here is a sampling taken at random: “The largest work, the most frightful, the most discussed work of the Exposition.” “It is more than a painting, it is a book, a poem.” “It is something more than the mere mechanism of genius, of the art composition. . . Luna is a thinker.” “The superior qualities of Luna are: as an artist, his ambition to produce great designs; to subdue the multitude with the resources of the highest class in art; serious and rough, not with vile adulations from the pencil nor of color in beautiful lines; as a painter, his energetic style, broad and noble, truthful and on occasion fantastic.” “A giant of art, a kind of Hercules, that enters furiously leveling down all the gods with blows from his club, bringing in a new art, full of ideas and forms, carrying a Spartan soul and the brush of Michelangelo...

Since then, Filipinos have shown various styles and excell all over the world.  Below are the highlights of Art Paintings by various Filipino Artists of the 20th Century.  Bravo!

 

Above painting images are just tip of the iceberg.  Better visit the Philippines and its museums for view more world class paintings made by Filipino Visual Artist.

Note:  I don’t sell Philippine Paintings.   I just showcase the rich visual arts culture in the Philippines in recognition of the greatness of Philippines’ finest painters and visual artist.  In the Philippines, below is one of the oldest artform (archaeological findings) renowned to world art critics (dated Before Christ)…

All artworks are excerpt fromm Google Images
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1 Comment

  1. Mary Ann said,

    September 10, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Your website has been a great inspiration to pursue the dreams of every artists. Wish your efforts will continuously inspire all Filipino aspiring artists.

    God Bless and Thanks.


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