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Una Bulaquena
NMG-275
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

A full-figure portrait painted with sensitivity, delicacy, and an eye for spontaneity. Captured at an oblique angle, the elegant figure seemingly floats with grace. Her dress is meticulously rendered, stressing the translucense of the material that catches light and the gentle movement of the atmosphere. Her face is similarly carved out from the austere background with care, infusing it with melancholy.

History of the Object
The subject is Emiliana Yriarte Trinidad who posed for the painter in 1895. This work of art was finished a year later. The object was borrowed by the Malacanang, official residence of the Philippine President, and later sent to New York for an exhibition. After the exhibition, the object was returned to the National Museum.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Oil on canvas 
Measurements
Width 87 cm. Length 185 cm.  
Creator name
Juan Luna 
Creator date
October 23, 1857 - December 7, 1899 
Where it was made
Philippines; Manila period from 1894 to 1896 
Geography
Philippines 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; 1895 
Function
Art work  
Acquisition
Purchased 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum 
Museum
National Museum of the Philippines 
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  • Sharon258 weeks ago

    For sheer beauty alone. Every Filipino will see themselves in it.

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