Paintings by Juan Luna
Violinista, 1878 (Lopez Memorial Museum) -
Bravo, 1885 (Luis Araneta Collection)
7p Old Man
with a Pipe, 1887 (Lopez memorial Museum) -
Miniature Sheet of 6
7p x 6 La Bulakena, 1895 (Malacanang
Design Coordinator: Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak
Designs: Paintings by Juan Luna from the book "Juan Luna,
The Filipino Painter" by Santiago Albano Pilar and published by the
Eugenio Lopez Foundation, Inc., 1980. The diskette with the
paintings was provided by Carminda Arevalo of the National
First Day Covers: Manila
JUAN LUNA - FAMOUS FILIPINO
PAINTER - 150th BIRTH ANNIVERSARY
An internationally acclaimed Filipino
painter who brought honor to the Philippines. Juan Luna was born in
Badoc, Ilocos Norte on October 24, 1857. He obtained his Bachelor of
Arts degree from the Ateneo de Manila. In 1877, he entered the
Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid, Spain, where he won the high praises
of his Spanish teachers.
In 1881, at the National Exposition of Fine Arts in Madrid, Luna was
awarded second prize for his canvas La Muerte de Cleopatra. The
painting that won for him even greater international fame was the
Spolarium, which was awarded first prize in the National Exposition
of Fine Arts in Madrid in 1884. His La Batella de Lapanto won the
first prize in the Barcelona Exposition of 1888.
In 1896, he returned to the Philippines and on September 16, 1896,
together with his brother Antonio and other suspects, he was
arrested for complicity in the Katipunan uprising. He was released
by a royal pardon on May 27, 1897, the birth anniversary of King
Alfonso XIII. He sailed for Europe shortly after his release.
When the Filipino-American war broke out, he wanted to return to the
Philippines and join the fight for his country. Failing in this, he
worked in France as a diplomatic agent of President Emilio Aguinaldo.
Late in 1899, upon hearing of the sad plight of the Republic, he
sailed for home with the idea of joining the Filipino army. However,
in Hong Kong, he suffered a fatal heart attack on December 7, 1899.