National museum

12:14:00 AM Marian Faith Regala 0 Comments


 I just been in National Museum. I've been eager to go here and be in my peaceful place. The National Museum of the Philippines is the repository and guardian of the Philippines’ natural and cultural heritage. It is established in 1901 as an ethnography and natural history museum, and subsequently housed in its present building which was designed in 1918 by the American Architect, Daniel Burnham, the National Museum has since then broadened its concerns in the arts and sciences.


As i am having my adventure time, these are some photos i took. i forgot to bring my slr so i end up taking pictures at my tab. i was also shy to take pictures (yes, this museum allows visitors to take pictures) and i was so absorbed by the crafts, paintings and sculptures. 
The first photo is huge painting about medicine; the evolution of medicine in Philippines. How it all started and how it was developed. There are four huge paintings there in collage way, (sorry, i haven’t taken a one shot of them all) one by one it shows the evolution of medicine painting by painting, canvas by canvas. Very fascinating in deed. The next two picture are the sketches and drawings of Fernando Amorsolo. He is one of the most celebrated artists of the Philippines, and the first to be designated a National Artist. He is a portraitist and painter of Philippine rural landscapes, and is particularly noted for his brushwork and his skill in depicting light. These are just some of it but there are a lot lot more of it. And there are Portraits in there as well. (i forgot to take picture of it, and sorry for the poor image as i had forgotten to bring my slr). The next picture is the Spoliarium, my favorite! IT’S SO HUGE! O.O AND ITS SO FASCINATING! The Spoliarium is a painting by Filipino artist Juan Luna. The painting was submitted by Luna to the Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes in 1884, where it garnered a gold medal. In 1886, it was sold to the Diputación Provincial de Barcelona for 20,000 pesetas. It currently hangs in the main gallery at the ground floor of the National Museum of the Philippines, and is the first work of art that greets visitors upon entry into the museum.

The Spoliarium measured four meters in height and seven meters in width. The canvas depicts a chamber beneath a Roman arena, where bodies of dead gladiators are being dragged into a shadowy area, presumably to be put in a bigger pile of dead bodies.
Spolarium was painted in a very large canvas and is more or less life size. His painting portrays defeated gladiators in the arena being dragged into a pile of other corpses. On the left side, there are many spectators viewing the spectacle with a variety of expressions, while on the far right side of the painting is a grieving woman in torn and shabby clothing. Horizontal lines are seen in the walls and the people watching the scene. But diagonal lines that denote movement are very obvious and can be seen in the gladiators slain bodies, in the men dragging them and in the floor tiles. There is dominant use of contour lines as shown in the muscles of the arms, legs and backs of the gladiators. In the use of color, there is a governing use of red, mostly seen in the center, that is one of the first things to attract the attention of the viewer. The use of green on the weeping lady’s dress creates contrast against the gladiators red dresses. The intensity of the color red is very overwhelming. Almost all of the colors used are warm colors, which is thought to be intentional on the part of the artist. Luna has been known to use colors not simply for reasons of aesthetics but also for their symbolic value. 

I love paintings and i do some as well but not that good, sorry for that. I love my outfit that day for it's like I'm an adventurer, brown slacks and a pretty artful lace top.

mfaith:*Kisskiss x

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