I would love to hear other interpretations and insights on this piece.
October 26, 2010
I would love to hear other interpretations and insights on this piece.
October 24, 2010
Nipa huts are still used today in the rural areas far from the bustling commercial cities of the capital region. They are considered the traditional housing in the Philippines. With the arrival of the Spaniards, the bahay kubo acquired some Spanish elements; they became sturdier and bigger, now made out of wood instead of bamboos, but still retaining the classic thatched Nipa roofs.
1.2 Inside of Bahay Kubo with Spanish influence
Another notable Spanish influence was the balconies in this neo-bahay kubos.
As the colonial times progressed, the Spaniards built more cities and other infrastructures, most notably Intramuros, the oldest district in the capital city of Manila.
Intramuros, literally “within the walls”, was a city in a city. It was described as such because of its thick high walls (8 feet thick and 22 feet high), to protect the Spanish government against revolts of the native people and the Chinese pirates.
1 One of the entrances in Intramuros
2 Moats around Intramuros for protection
3 One of the entrances to the city within the city
4 Intramuros Signage
5 Inside of early Intramuros
It was based on the star fort or trace italienne design, composed of many triangular bastions specifically designed to cover each other.
6 Trace Italienne or Star Fort Design
Completed in 1606, Intramuros was the center of commerce of colonial Philippines, military power, religious power and indoctrination. The inside of Intramuros had the amenities of any progressive Spanish cities of that time including modern roads, government buildings and of course churches. Church-run universities were also built, one of which is the University of Santo Tomas, the oldest school in Asia, established in 1611 (It has been standing there for 400 years).
7 Façade of the University of Santo Tomas
8 Façade of the University of Santo Tomas - Another view
The Spanish-American war then ensued in 1898. The Americans won over Spain, and as part of the peace Treaty of Paris, the Philippines was to be handed over to the Americans. The Americans also had a profound impact on our architecture and the planning of Philippine cities, but I’m not going to cover it because it will deviate away from the objective of this post.
Intramuros, where the Filipino culture met Spain’s, was destroyed during World War II by the U.S. Air Force. The Americans were trying to rid the Philippines of Japanese occupational forces which retreated inside the walls of Intramuros.
9 Entrance of Intramuros destroyed by military tanks
Intramuros, with its many stone walls and its star fort design, proved to be difficult to navigate and to have a land combat. The U.S. air force then resorted to bombing from the air, destroying much of this relic of Spanish colonialism in the Philippines.
10 Aerial view of the bombed Intramuros
One of the few buildings in Intramuros to have survived nature’s wrath and the bombings of the Second World War was the San Agustin Church. It was built by the Augustinians in 1607, making it the oldest stone church in the Philippines.
11 Façade of the San Agustin Church
It is built in the European Baroque style, characterized by the feeling of movement in the church architecture and splendid sculptures. Baroque touches are present in the church most significantly by the ornate carvings on its doors.
11 Splendid carvings on the doors of San Agustin Church
12 Interior of San Agustin Church
13 Another interior image of San Agustin Church
14 Interior features of San Agustin Church
The church also features trompe l’oeil ceiling, fooling the eye to believe that the ceiling was sculptured, but was actually just painted to look like it was. The church interior was made under a Latin cross plan.
15 Trompe l'oeil ceilings - I thought they were sculpted!
16 Trompe l'oeil ceiling of San Agustin
17Trompe l'oeil ceiling of San Agustin
Intramuros and the San Agustin Church are just two of the many Hispanic antiquities the Philippines inherited from Spain. There are many other Baroque churches and Spanish-era streets and cities in the whole of the Philippines. From the adoption of the Latin alphabet in our language to our strong Catholic faith, Spain has influenced the Philippines’ lifestyle, visual arts, and culture as well.
October 11, 2010
Buffalo family's painting could be a Michelangelo - NYPOST.com
This painting, known as "The Mike" by The Kober family from Buffalo, New York, once decorated their living room wall, until it was knocked down by the kids during a game of "throw the tennis ball around the living room." The painting fell to the floor and laid hidden behind the couch for 27 years, until 2003 when it was rediscovered again by the family. Now all grown up and retired Air Force Lt. Col. Martin Kober, 53, was given the chore by his father to authenticate this mystery painting. Martin took "The Mike" to auction houses, Renaissance art scholars, European archives, and even traveled to Italy where his search for the truth led him to Antonio Forcellino, an Italian art restorer. Antonio believes "The Mike" could very well be a genuine Michelangelo, giving it the more formal name: "The Lost Pieta." If "The Mike" really is Michelangelo's lost Pieta the Kober family could be swimming in money, possibly up to 300 million dollars worth! Click the link for more details on this sensational story.
October 10, 2010
The Associated Students of Chaffey College (ASCC) sponsored a free bus trip to the J. Paul Getty Museum of Art at the Getty Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 9, 2010. John Machado, Art History Professor and ASCC Faculty Advisor, and Susan Stewart, Director of Student Activities, joined over 40 students on the museum trip. It was a beautiful day.
October 8, 2010
Since we are learning about art, showing human form in class (Art-7) @ Chaffey, I thought my classmates might find this article on human form interesting.
Check it out:
October 6, 2010
ARTicles, Issue 4, is now available. Find your copy at the Center for the Arts (CAA-302) and the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art or view it online at http://www.chaffeyarticles.com/ (links for all issues are at upper-right corner of page).
Issue 4 includes three excellent articles: a review by Jules Ebe of the exhibition Even Better Than the Real Thing: Art of the Uncanny (you can also listen to an interview with the exhibition curator at www.iconomaniacs.com); a preview by Sheila Taylor of the exhibition Separation Anxiety opening at the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art on October 11th; and an article by Michelle Mora on the new dance studio and upcoming Dance Student Showcase on October 22nd. You won't want to miss these!
ARTicles is a student-driven publication of the Chaffey College Center for the Arts. It is published twice each semester by a consortium of students with a passion for arts, entertainment and culture. The content reflects a diverse sample of the cultural life at the college. ARTicles is generously supported by the Chaffey College Marketing Department.
October 5, 2010
John and Denise sat down with curator Jennifer Frias on September 22, 2010, to discuss her exhibition Even Better Than the Real Thing: The Art of the Uncanny at the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art.
Episode 26: Uncanny
Cross-posted on the iconomaniacs blog.
October 4, 2010
I stumbled across this link and thought it was worth sharing. By taking a series of Vincent Van Gogh's paintings and blurring the foreground and backgrounds of them, Serena Malyon has given the viewer the unique perspective of gazing at these iconic paintings as if one was looking at a 3D diorama. Serena Malyon said that she merely applied the tilt-shift technique to these Van Goghs for fun and meant no harm, but it seemed that even with her disclosure, purists posted their distaste for her alterations on the comment board while others praised it. Coming from a film-making background, I found them to be most interesting. Looking at them, I imagined that I was looking at stills from a new Van Gogh stop motion film or something. What do you guys think of them?