The amount of time spent in a masterpiece is tremendously long but that span of time is nothing compared to the feeling of contentment when the desired outcome of the masterpiece has been laid completely, beautifully and wonderfully. It’s like an explosion of emotions converged in the artwork and perhaps that was what Claudio Bravo had felt during this six months stay here in Manila. He has indeed taken his time to appreciate the beauty of the Filipino people. It is evident on his portraits of some illustrious personalities like Pacita Moreno Lopez, Conchita Lopez, Maria Lourdes Araneta Fores, President Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda Romualdez Marcos, Dr. Constantino Manahan, and many more.
|Claudio Bravo in Manila , 1968|
|Bravo Painting Conchita Lopez Taylor 1968|
|Conchita Lopez Taylor|
|Ms. Tats Manahan Explaining about the exhibit|
|Margarita delos Reyes|
|Ma. Lourdes Araneta Fores|
|Dr. Constantino Manahan|
|Ambassador Roberto Mayorga with his wife and Ms. Tats Manahan|
The whole experience of coming back to the museum and seeing works of arts gives me the realization that we really need to get in touch with the beauty around us and as well with our culture. As a dad, letting my kids appreciate more of the arts and culture would be one of my accomplishment as Filipino citizen and as a concerned artist. Take time to visit the museum!
The Metropolitan Museum of Manila is located at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila. Museum hours are from 9am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday. For information, call 708-7829 or visit www.metmuseum.ph.