Individual Activity 4 — Museum Visit # 1

Mervin, Marc, and Me

This painting is called the Ethereal Aura, an Acrylic on canvas painting, painted by Jose T. Joya in 1977. To be honest I can’t really see where the “Aura” is, actually the first time I saw the painting I thought it was a structure of rock. But if I were to try and give a meaning for this painting, I think it represents the different forms of a persons’ aura, like how there are different kinds of aura represented in colors, yellow for happiness, black for darkness and so on. I think this painting is showing the White and Black aura, the good and bad in people, like in every person there is always some good and some bad in them.

One of the Paintings that I ended up liking in the National Museum is La Barca de Aqueronte (The boat of Charon) painted by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, an oil on canvas painting painted in 1887. When I first saw the painting the first thing that popped into my mind was the Underworld, Greek Underworld to be exact, I remembered the ferryman named Charon who ferries the dead souls across the river Styx towards the underworld where they will either go to Elysium or Tartarus. I think that, what the painting is trying to show is the fact that one day all of us will die and be guided by someone who will either take us to Heaven or Hell. For this painting, the soul is obviously against going anywhere, they probably haven’t accepted the fact that they are dead or doesn’t want to go to Tartarus where they are obviously headed since the background behind Charon looks ominous and they look like they would rather drown in the river Styx than let Charon take them to where it is that he is planning on taking them.

Rape and Massacre in Ermita painted in 1947, an oil on canvas painting by Diosdado M. Lorenzo. What the painting is trying to convey is quite obvious, the woman helpless against the assault of the Japanese, the man powerless against the horror happening in front of him, all he could do was watch, an innocent child having no idea what’s going on around him, and a body laying motionless on the floor, in a way the most fortunate among the rest of her family to have died first, since she didn’t have to go through the torture. This painting shows one of the horrors our fellow Filipinos had to go through during the invasion of the Japanese. Another one is this painting, also by Diosdado M. Lorenzo entitled the Doomed Family. It’s showing the fate of the family, a cruel fate.

The painting is called Cemetery by Jaime De Guzman, an oil on canvas painting in 1968, a place where all of us will someday reside in, but in this cemetery’s case, the tombs are surrounded by nature, it’s like despite the damages that we’re doing in our nature, they are still there watching over us.

Another painting of De Guzman is The Sabbath of the Witches in other words a gathering of witches, it was painted in 1970, an ink on paper painting. The witches are represented as something different from other people; most see them as monsters.

A Tragic Lesson (The Fall of Bataan) painted by Gene Cabrera in 1957. The painting shows how the battle in Bataan ended with the deaths of many people, both men and women. It shows that in every sacrifice that we make there will always be a result. In this particular sacrifice, the people sacrificed their lives in order to bring freedom in our country.

Ang Pag-unlad ng Panggagamot sa Pilipinas by Carlos V. Francisco. The painting is showing how much the Filipinos are progressing, how much they strive to make things better and easier.

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