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Portrait of Doña Ramona Joven y Suarez
MDS00178
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The master painter Simon Flores y Dela Rosa was the first Filipino painter to win an international award, La Musicadel Pueblo at the Philadelpia Universal Exposition of 1876. His detailed rendering of portraits pay homage to the Filipino 19th century barongs, baro’t saya, and terno sewn delicately from piña cloth. The portrait painting of Doña Ramona Joven y Suarez is a masterpiece of the eminent Filipino portraitist Simon Flores y dela Rosa because of the excellent rendering of the subject, the excellent and finely detailed brushstrokes of the Traje de Mestiza, baro top worn, and the overall excellence of painting technique. Portrait paintings by Simon Flores are considered very rare and are deemed priceless in today’s generation.

History of the Object
Doña Ramona Joven y Suarez was the daughter of Don Juan Joven and Doña Geronima Suarez y de Jesus and younger sister of Doña Arcadia Joven y Suarez. Doña Ramona was the second wife of Don Jose Leon y Santos. They were married on January 7, 1855 in Bacolor, Pampanga and had seven children namely Juana, Gregorio, Tranquilino, Maria, Josefa, Fulgencio, and Luisa. Her daughter Juana was the first wife of Don Domingo Panlilio y Paguiu and upon Juana’s death, Don Domingo married a younger sister, Doña Josefa Joven Leon y Santos. The oil portrait was painted by Simon Flores y de la Rosa, the eminent nineteenth century Filipino Master in August 1882 when he was 45 years old.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Oil on canvas 
Measurements
131cm x 106cm 
Creator name
Simon Flores y Dela Rosa 
Creator date
1839-1904 
Where it was made
Philippines; Pampanga; Bacolor 
Geography
Philippines 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th century; 1882 
Function
artwork 
Acquisition
The oil portrait painting was lent to the Museo De La Salle through the efforts of the Executive Director, Jose Ma Ricardo A Panlilio, scion of the Santos-Joven Panlilio family of Bacolor, Pampanga. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
On-loan to the Museo De La Salle 
Museum
Museo De La Salle of the De La Salle University 
Credit line
The heirs of the Santos-Joven-Panlilio Family 

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