This astonishing photograph of the Philippine Pavilion — designed by Juan Luna -- at the Madrid Expo of 1893 brings to life many of the exquisite contents of The Ilustrado Trove. From the collection of Don Pedro Paterno, it features portraits by Resurreccion Hidalgo, silver and gold coconut sets by Manila’s most skilled jewelry-makers, a first edition of Morga’s Sucesos dedicated and signed by Jose Rizal, a wondrous cabinet by Esteban Villanueva and a tipos de pais sculpture by Rosendo Martinez and more.
This astonishing photograph of the Philippine Pavilion — designed by Juan Luna -- at the Madrid Expo of 1893 brings to life many of the exquisite contents of The Ilustrado Trove. From the collection of Don Pedro Paterno, it features portraits by Resurreccion Hidalgo, silver and gold sets by Manila’s most skilled jewelry-makers, a first edition on Morga’s Success dedicated and signed by Jose Rizal, wondrous cabinets and tips de pais sculptures and more.
Culture Connoisseur Augusto “Toto” M.R Gonzalez III takes us on a first look at the man and the mystique behind The Ilustrado Trove from the Collection of Don Pedro Paterno. León Gallery is most honored to have been entrusted with the presentation of the paintings, sculptures, gold and silver sets, first editions and rare books, historical and family documents, photographs, and ephemera that filled the life of the country’s primordial ambassador of all things Philippine in the Spanish capital of Madrid in the 19th century. Experience his world at a special, curated auction on Saturday, August 20, 2 p.m.
From religious iconography to symbols of Philippine history, Emmanuel Garibay's monumental 72" x 60" oil on canvas work titled Black Saturday presents us with a surreal, grand, and unfolding narrative that echoes the clash between art, religion, and history. Let independent curator Floy Quintos guide you through what is perhaps one of Garibay’s most visually and conceptually arresting works of art.
Unmasking the Existential: A 10th-14th Century Butuan/Surigao Gold Mask
"Do not gaze anymore upon my mortal remains, gaze upon my eternal remains. Think of me as transitioning into another realm."
One of the earliest examples of goldsmithing in the Philippines are the funerary masks attributed to the pre-colonial societies of Butuan and Surigao. Embodying their in-depth knowledge surrounding the craft, these gold masks showcase the stylistic and cultural forces of the time. Made by hand between the 10th to the 14th centuries, this 22 karat gold mask serves as a memento mori, or a reminder to seize the day, and make the most out of our finite time in this world. Let interior and jewelry designer Mark Wilson guide you through the significance of this remarkable and important piece of our history.