IA#4 Museum Visit 1

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” 
Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

National Museum of the Philippines — National Art Gallery

We were tasked to visit the National Museum of the Philippines and to select at least 8 art works in which we will be needing to make a reflection about what does the artist wants to try to convey through his/her paintings, but the most important thing our professor told us to do when we visit the National Museum is to ENJOY.

#1 Jesus falls (1830)

The first out of eight (8) art works I chose was the “Jesus Falls”. The art work was made by an Unknown Bohol Master and made three different paintings about how Jesus fell three times on his way to calvary. Seeing the artwork, I was reminded about the Bible story in the New testament wherein I assume that the artist got his inspiration in making this artwork from. Looking at the art work, I noticed that the people or the soldiers in the paintings are all in a motion of hitting Jesus. Seeing this I felt sad but what struck me the most is that two out of three paintings you would see Mama Mary. Her image there made me cry because knowing about a “mother’s love” I can say that she was in deep pain seeing her son placed in that state. What I got from looking at the three paintings was that the artist might have wanted to touch the viewers emotions of sadness and pain especially for mothers. But I also got that Jesus took the cross up to Calvary and on the way being beaten by whips, because of this I was reminded of Jesus love for us and that he sacrificed and carried all our sins for us to be saved.

#2 Recuerdo De Patay (1896)

The second painting I chose was the, “Recuerdo De Patay (Memento Mori) Of A Child”. I didn’t know the meaning of Recuerdo De Patay meant, so searched for the meaning and it means “Memories of the dead” and I also noticed the words, Memento Mori which meant “remember you must die”. After searching for those meanings I realized that the artist might have used the child as a kind of symbolism or representation wherein death does not choose age, meaning death comes to everyone and you can not stop it. So realizing those things I was remembered by the saying “YOLO” which means “You Only Live Once.” It is true that we only live once, but to me this saying is being able to live a life full of meaning, wherein based on the painting and the words Recuerdo De Patay made me think of what kind of memories or legacy will I leave when I die.

#3 Portrait of a Mother and Daughter (Late 19th century)

The third painting I chose was the “Portrait of a Mother and Daughter”. I choose this painting because I was reminded by the words I said during my first meeting in AESTHET class, I want to be a mother. A mother that can give her children what their wants and needs (support, motivation, necessary things, etc.). To me I want to be able to do and give everything as long as I am able to do so to show them how much I love them.

#4 “Eusebia Solaybar” (1885)

The fourth painting I chose was the “Eusebia Solaybar (Letras Y Figuras)”. To me the artist wanted to convey to the viewers the daily chores of filipinos during the early years (pagsasampay, planting, cooking, etc.) But to me it emphasized on the life of a normal filipina housewife. Wherein she is in charge of everything pertaining to the house, while the husband relaxes and do the work (job). But relating it to our present time, we can also see how the technology changes or changed our lifestyle and how we do things. Plus there is no more boundaries as to whether it is a woman’s job or a man’s job to do household chores.

#5 Nuestra Señora Del Pilar De Zaragoza (Mid to late 19th century)

The fourth artwork I chose was the “Nuestra Señora Del Pilar De Zaragoza”. When I first saw this painting I was reminded about of my Alma Mater, which is Don Bosco School Manila. It is run by Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) or also known as the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco. For me I think that the artist wanted to convey that people pray to Mama Mary to guide them in their lives.

#6 A Tragic Lesson (1957)

The sixth painting I chose was the, “A Tragic Lesson (The fall of Bataan)”. I chose this painting because I was reminded about the recent “War against Drugs.” But when I started to look and think as to why the painter named it “A Tragic Lesson” it could be because based on the lessons which I remembered in my Filipino History is that the people who were in Bataan during the war were isolated. While they were isolated, they were bombarded by artillery and left starving because there was no way for them to escape from Bataan. Until they surrendered, but the damage was already done and countless people died before surrendering, while those who survived are just like walking dead.

#7 Homage to Tandang Sora (1977)

The seventh painting I chose was the “Homage to Tandang Sora”. To me the artist created these artworks to give honor to Tandang Sora creating artworks wherein people will be amazed and would appreciate just as how Tandang Sora was appreciated. To me seeing these art works makes me feel amazed, inspired, and motivated to do art in my own way. I like how these artists used color combination and how the art works ended up great.

#8 Rape and Massacre in Ermita (1947)

The last painting I chose was the “Rape and Massacre in Ermita”. When I saw this picture I was reminded by our present situation wherein I read posts that are shared through social media that there were rape attempts in public vehicles, raped minors, etc., but based on the painting it wanted to show and depict a scene of how the Japanese abused their powers when they invaded the Philippines during WWII.

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