There is a great mad brilliance that perfectly hangs on the walls of the museum. In the silence of the galleries one could not help but be in awe with the sheer artistry and exceptional talent manifested by the valued artworks of our dear national artists. Jumping from one gallery to another, I never felt more excited like a kid opening Christmas presents. It was like entering a new world. Fascinated by all the things my eyes set upon, I was profoundly in one of my most delightful states. You don’t need to be a virtuoso in the art world or know the difference between Impressionism or Surrealism (although a little knowledge would be no harm) in order for you to appreciate the abundance of creativity and beauty that is set right in front of you. With an open eyes and mind, it freely connects straight to you. Simple as that.
It affords to get you a firsthand glimpse of the creative genius that lies in the artists that you probably only heard from your teachers or perhaps read in your elementary books. For example, Spolarium by Juan Luna which I only have read in my fifth grade Araling Panlipunan books and a song I love from my favorite band Eraserheads is really ENORMOUSLY beautiful! And I think that might be an understatement.
National Museum is set in the heart of Manila and is very accessible to other landmarks such as the Luneta Park and Intramuros. Our itinerary for the afternoon was to visit the National Museum, Intramuros, Quiapo Church and then Chinatown in Binondo but take my word of advice, you need the whole afternoon for full appreciation of the entire galleries. So we just slashed off Intramuros and Quiapo in our list and went to Binondo to have dinner after a kalesa ride in the streets of Luneta.
The lady in the photos above is my favorite northern foster parent Erika of helloooctober! I actually took a lot of photos of the different paintings and sculptures but I’d like to leave a sense of mystery to you so that when you get there, the magic that once filled us will also fill you greatly as well. But an exception would be is the last photo.
The last photo is the controversial painting by Juan Luna named as Parisian Life (1892) which portrayed various interpretations according to different researchers, historians and professors. But my favorite interpretation is that the lady herself is a representation of the Philippines under the Spanish rule. If you would look closely, a rope is subtly tied around her neck. The painting is now worth 220 million pesos. Look for Kuya RJ for a complete and more interesting stories behind Parisian Life.
It doesn’t hurt to know and appreciate these various wonderful works of art. Believe me that as you leave the portals of the galleries, an empty part of you will be filled with feelings and ideas that would linger longer than you imagined.
P.S. Do yourself a favor, visit our National Museum! In celebration of the Museums and Galleries Month, a free entrance will be offered for the whole month of October. You got no excuses dear. For more information click here.
P.P.S. Also, you can have a 360 virtual tour of some of the places of the museum. Click here.