IA #4 Museum Visit 1

Today, I went to the National Museum of the Philippines and these are the art pieces that caught my attention…

Entrance of the National Museum
  1. El Asesinato del Gobernador Bustamante (The Assassination of Governor Bustamante)

by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo (1853–1913)

Circa 1898–1904, Paris

Oil on canvas

To have a better understanding about this painting, I did my research and found out that Governor Bustamante had the Archbishop imprisoned. In reaction to the Archbishop’s imprisonment and to the government’s total disregard of the church as a sanctuary, a mob of the Archbishop’s supporters stormed the Palacio de Gobernador and killed Governor Bustamante. This painting depicts the incident, showing a mob of Dominican friars dragging the governor down the Palacio’s staircase. I chose this painting because it is undeniably one of the easiest paintings to understand. Moreover, the whole painting seemed ironic to me, how the Spanish friars and the Spanish government are fighting when both of them are a bunch of bad people. Lol.

2. Landscapes and Seascapes (Various Drawings)

by Fernando C. Amorsolo (1982–1972)

Undated

Graphite on paper

I chose this group of sketches by Amorsolo because it made me realize that all of the paintings in the world, may it be famous or not, they all start as a simple sketch.

3. Girl Reading a Book

by Vidal A. Tampinco (1893–1963)

Undated

Polychrome concrete

I chose this painting because it looked funny to me. The girl seemed to be so bored and uninterested with what she’s reading yet she still kept on reading because she is told to do so. I can relate to this girl because of all the RRL’s that I have to read for my thesis.

4. The Sculptor, or Portrait of Guillermo E. Tolentino (1890–1976)

by Crispin V. Lopez (1903–1985)

1948

Oil on canvas

I chose this painting because it is an artwork in an artwork. I love how the painter chose another artist as his male muse and it is obvious that the painter admired Guillermo Tolentino too.

5. Fernando Amorsolo y Cueto (1892–1972)

Studio Furniture and Assorted Items

Chair, work table, easel and assorted items from the studio of the artist at the time of his death on April 24, 1972

Portrait of a Lady (Unfinished)

This painting was being worked upon by the artist, and was the very last to receive his attention upon his death and that’s why I chose this particular piece. I find it very unique and genuine at the same time. You can even imagine the artist himself, sitting on the chair and painting.

6. The Old Master, or Portrait of Teodoro P. Buenaventura (1863–1950) as Painter

by Romeo B. Enriquez (1920)

1953

Oil on canvas

Another art work in an art work, this painting in particular captured my attention because of how concentrated Teodoro Buenaventura is while painting. It shows how passionate he is when it comes to his art. I also love how in the title, he was referred to as an “Old Master”. It’s easy to infer that Romeo Enriquez admired him quite a lot.

7. Bather

by Isabelo Tampinco y Lacandola (1850–1933)

Undated

Plaster of Paris

I chose this sculpture for one simple reason — this can be a funny snap. On another note, I’ve always liked this kind of sculpture wherein the person looks like a Roman god/goddess because find them very beautiful and delicate. One can say that this kind of sculpture is overrated but I don’t care haha.

8. Gallery of Via Crucis

Unknown artist

For my last post, I chose an entire gallery because choosing just one would ruin it. These are the Stations of the Cross and what I liked about the whole gallery is that the artist is unknown until now. I like how mysterious it is!! Haha. But of course, as a Catholic, I do appreciate this gallery a lot as it depicts how Jesus sacrificed his life on the cross for us.

Lastly, these are my selfies inside the museum

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