Through the Lens: Art for Art's Sake

Thursday, September 03, 2015

this photo is original by Patrickroque01
Hello everyone, last week we went to the National Museum in Manila to revisit and take a glimpse at our historic past. Our visit was full of new insights and personal discoveries. I came to realize and believe that through art we can discover so many things about our culture. We can see it through the rendition of the artists, cultural displays, sculptures, artifacts, paintings, and of course our country's history. Come and join me, together with Shine and my little sister Trixie as we travel back in time to rediscover our origin.
The National Museum of the Philippines is composed of two buildings. The first one is dedicated for arts and paintings while the latter is dedicated to artifacts and relics. On this post, we will be guiding you through the first building. Here we go....
The first gallery is dedicated to one of the most prominent artist of the Philippines, Juan Luna, His painting the "ESPOLARIUM" depicts the suffering of the Filipinos during the time of the Spanish colonialism. On the photo below, (though she's young and clueless at it seems,) I was trying to explain to my little sister how Juan Luna did such a huge painting and the story behind.
The next gallery is dedicated to our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. His sculptures, portraits, paintings and even few artifacts are displayed.
On the succeeding galleries are the sketches, portraits by Fernando Amorsolo, and sculptures by various artists from the Spanish Era. (correct me if i'm wrong)
On the second floor, the old senate session hall is to be found. The museum still maintains the rooms and its gorgeous sculptures and moldings. It was renovated in 2012. 
The National Museum also features the Phil-am life collection. Paintings of Manansala commissioned by the Phil-am life are on display when we went there.
The rest of the third floor galleries features the modern sculptures and abstract paintings.
The National Museum of the Philippines is located on P. Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila. They are open every Tuesday - Sunday from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. 

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