Luna, Amorsolo Headline This Extraordinary Art Collection

Catch it until August 12 at the Ayala Museum.

( Fernando Amorsolo and Juan Luna are just two of the most important Filipino artists that defined the history of painting in the Philippines. If not for them, we wouldn't have art movements that put the country in the landscape of visual arts.

Amorsolo, the Philippines' first ever National Artist, was known as the "Grand Old Man of Philippine Art." His paintings portrayed traditions, festivals, and everyday activities in the countryside, such as farmers planting in the field, maidens doing their laundry in the streams, and vendors selling their goods in the market. Amorsolo presented an idealized version of rural life, far from the war, agrarian uprising, poverty, and famine. Perhaps, it was his way of hoping for a better life amid verdant forests and crystal-clear brooks and rivers.

Luna, on the other hand, portrayed “landscapes and scenes executed during the artist’s travels in Germany, Austria, and Normandy gives us insight into the mind, style, and sensibility of the Filipino artist and revolutionary who was living in Europe at the end of the 19th century,” according to Maricris San Diego, BPI Foundation Executive Director.


Works by these two Filipino greats are now on display at the Ayala Museum as part of BPI Foundation’s Historia: Stories of Art exhibit. This is just a glimpse to the Bank of the Philippine Islands’ massive art collection that the financial institution has accumulated over the decades. Here’s a quick look:

Historia: Stories of Art runs until August 12 at the Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City. For more information, visit Ayala Museum's website.

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