IA#4: Museum Visit 1

During my visit to the National Museum, I selected eight artworks which captured my attention.

The first artwork that I found interesting was a painting of Maria Clara. It looked like a modern version of her and I think the painting tells about how women, like Maria Clara, still exists in this world we have at the moment. It was a beautiful painting and it could be a great representation of the courageous women we have today. The second artwork I selected was a painting of a graveyard scene. The painting had lot of blood, chaos, and death in it. This could be interpreted in a lot of ways but for me, it tells about the time of death wherein there is suffering and deep sorrow of the people. This scene is relatable in life when we lost an important person or our loved ones in our lives (knock on wood) or simply, when we feel down and depressed.

The third painting was the Black Nazerene of Quiapo. This shows the passion and strong faith of Filipinos to the Black Nazarene. They would do anything to be able to touch it, to the point that there are other people getting hurt. Even though everything was chaotic, they still had the spirit to go on. The fourth artwork was called “Pamilya”. This really caught my attention the moment I saw that a family was praying before meals. This is a perfect example of how Filipinos are very religious and family-oriented. It tells us to always have quality time with our families, especially during meals and that we should thank God for bringing the family together.

The fifth one was a painting that was quite abstract and full of gold strokes. Since it was called “On the road to glory”, I compared the gold to glory. The message being conveyed was kind of deep but for me, I see it as a painting with a lot of wavy roads representing our roads in life going to different goals and achievements and that in order to attain these, we must have the guts and the glory. The sixth artwork is by Arturo R. Luz wherein he uses a different style in painting. He uses yoghurt containers to put his paint in it and newspapers for his canvas. I found this really interesting because of its simplicity and the creativity he has put into this kind of art. It may be not that extravagant, but I think the message he’s trying to portray is that his style of painting is simple, unique and extraordinary. This is what makes him beautifully different from other artists, he has his own style.

For the seventh painting, it is all about the Santo Domingo Church. This painting had a deep story to it and is relevant to the Philippine history. What Amorsolo’s trying to say is how important this church was and that it became part of our history. He painted the scenario in order for the viewers to see and feel that particular event. Lastly, the eighth artwork is “Doomed Family”. This was during the invasion of the Japanese people here in the Philippines. This artwork made me feel sad because of the suffering of the family and the torture they experienced back then. This painting is quite similar to the church, wherein Castañeda is showing us a part of our history and how Filipino suffered during the Japanese invasion. It is indeed a painting with a lot of grief and blood, but it is something to appreciate and to learn from.

“Modern Maria Clara” by Victorio C. Edades — Oil on canvas
“Graveyard Scene” by Ricarte M. Puruganan — Oil on canvas
"The Black Nazarene of Quiapo” by Ricarte M. Puruganan — Oil on canvas
"Pamilya” by Vicente Silva Manansala — Oil on canvas mounted on wood
"On the road to glory” by Glenn A. Bautista — Oil on board
[“How does Arturo paint?] by Arturo R. Luz — Newspapers and yoghurt containers
"The Burning of Santo Domingo Church” by Fernando Amorsolo Y Cueto — Oil on canvas
"Doomed Family” by Dominador Castañeda — Oil on canvas
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