Friday, March 11, 2016

A note from Team Galeria de las Islas —

Dear friends,

We at Galeria de las Islas are so excited to announce the opening of our Magnificent Masters’ Collection 2: “Santos and Religious Icons” on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

We invite you to come and be part of this wonderful exhibition.

This is a marvelous collection of Filipino Old Masters, represented by Isabelo Tampinco (1850-1933), Graciano Nepomuceno (1881-1974), Don Maximo Vicente (1885-1964), Guillermo Tolentino (1890-1976), Anastacio Caedo (1907-1990) and Francisco Monti (1888-1933).

We are also proud to have on show for this exhibition a wonderful life-sized painting of former President Elpidio Quirino, executed in his very likeness by no less than the National Artist for Painting Fernando Amorsolo.

Religious icon by Graciano Nepomuceno.

Most of the sculptures and wall hangings have never been on public display before and show the great talent of these old Filipino Masters. The majority of the saints on display are in carved and painted wood sculptures, relief carved wall hangings and magnificent altar pieces with a few majestic marble sculptures.

For so long now the religious icons and saints have been seen only as religious art, but the times are changing and many collectors are starting to appreciate the artistic quality and value of these religious pieces. These beautiful sculptures are beginning to be seen as fine art pieces and appreciated as such, not just as religious icons. This move of religious art into the fine art realm will certainly make these sculptures and paintings very collectible and a thoughtful investment. It is in seeing these religious pieces with a new eye of discernment and acknowledging them as fine art, that we now see them as masterpieces, done by extraordinary Filipino sculptors.

We look forward to seeing you at the opening on March 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm., you will be most welcome.

Warmest regards,

Mark Shellshear and Team Galeria de las Islas

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