Heroes of the Revolution

#2550, 18 May 1998; 2585 and 2597 15 Dec 1998.

#2585 and #2597 are part of booklet panes  

Jose Rizal Birth Centenary #839 19 Jun 1961.

Juan Luna sitting on the left

Birth Centenary #639 15 Jun 1988.

depicting 'Spolarium'

Juan Luna was one of the heroes of the Philippine Revolution and one of the first internationally-recognized Philippine painters.

JUAN LUNA

Juan Luna obtained an Arts degree, but later enrolled in the Navy Academy and became a sailor. Nevertheless, Luna's passion for the arts continued. Whenever he was anchored in Manila Bay, he took drawing lessons under the illustrious painting teacher Lorenzo Guerrero. Guerrero was impressed by his skill and urged Luna's parents to send him to Spain for further study.

 

In 1877, Luna sailed to Europe. Under Don Alejo Vera, Luna went to Rome where he was exposed to the art of the Renaissance masters. Luna's paintings are generally described as being vigorous and dramatic. With its elements of Romanticism, his style shows the influence of Delacroix, Rembrandt, and Daumier.

 

In May 1884, Luna shipped the large canvas of the Spoliarium to Madrid and was the the recipient a gold medal. Luna's triumph heightened the spirit of the Filipino community in Madrid, and Luna gained recognition among the connoisseurs and art critics present.

 

Luna developed a friendly relationship with the King of Spain. He moved to Paris in 1885 and opened his own studio at No. 65 Boulevard Arago, near that of Felix Hidalgo.

 

In 1891 Luna moved back to Manila. In September 1896 he and his brother Antonio Luna were arrested by the Spanish authorities and were accused of organizing a revolution with the Katipunan secret society. When he was pardoned by the Spanish monarchy and released from prison in May 1897, he went to Europe.

 

In 1898, he was appointed by the Philippine revolutionary government as member of the Paris delegation which was working for the diplomatic recognition of the Philippine Republic.  

 

Upon hearing of the death of his brother Antonio, he went to Hong Kong. While there Juan Luna suffered a severe heart attack and died there .

23 October 1857

to 7 December 1899

Family Links

First National Juan Luna and Felix Hidalgo

 Commemorative Exhibition

#1929 and 1930 15 Jun 1988.

both Artists won medals at the 1884 Madrid Fine Arts Exhibition

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