Since National Museum announced it’s Free Entrance for Women last March 1, 2016 (because March is the National Women’s Month here in Manila), my friends and I decided to visit the said museum today.
In line with the celebration of the National Women’s month one of the exhibits at the museum is about women , such as the Larawan and Sabel series by National Artist BenCab, at the National Museum of Fine Arts, the old legislative building in Manila. (Trivia about me: I LOOOOVE BENCAB’S ARTWORKS!! I got excited when I saw the huge tarp outside the National Museum regarding BenCab’s exhibit. I forgot to take pictures though.:( )
So here are the highlights of our National Museum Adventure:
“Spoliarium” by Juan Luna
A historical painting, made by Luna in 1884 as an entry to the prestigious Exposicion de Bellas Artes (Madrid Art Exposition, May 1884) and eventually won for him the First Gold Medal.
Spoliarium is a Latin word referring to the basement of the Roman Colosseum where the fallen and dying gladiators are dumped and devoid of their worldly possessions.
The painting signifies the death or absence of freedom, or the loss of hope of a country. This was the most valuable painting of Juan Luna at the Academia de Dibujo y Pintura (Philippines) and at the Academia de San Fernando in Madrid, Spain. With a size of 4.22 meters x 7.675 meters, it is the largest painting in the Philippines. (This is just the replica of the painting, the original one is displayed at the Malacanang Palace)
Cy and Joy
Retablo (side altar) of Church of San Nicolas De Tolentino, Dimiao, Bohol.
By an unknown artist
This was said to be made around the 17th and 19th century.
Madonna and Child Sculpture
Commonwealth Triumphal Arch
By Guillermo Tolentino
The Commonwealth Triumphal Arch was supposed to be placed at the intersection of Padre Burgos and Taft Avenue in front of the Legislative Building. Unfortunately, the war got in the way and the triumphal arch was never built.
Santo Domingo (Saint Dominic)
This wooden saint sculpture was said to be made by an unknown artist around the 17th or 19th century.
One of Fernando C. Amorsolo’s artworks.
Too bad, we didn’t have the chance to visit the planetarium and the artifacts building because we don’t have enough time. My friends and I are planning to visit the other building next saturday, so that means there will be a part two of our National Museum adventure!
Hope you enjoyed reading this post!