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Maiden with Lanzones
2005.4.001
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Masterpiece

This is a fine example of the artist’s favorite subject painted during the Commonwealth period in the Philippines. Art historians have written about Amorsolo’s nationalism and it is subtly reflected in this peaceful countryside scene with the beautiful maiden, metaphors for a country at peace and a youthful, hopeful nation.

History of the Object
Fernando Amorsolo captured the elusive quality of Philippine sunlight. His tropical and idyllic scenes defined for several generations of Philippine artists how local landscapes, modest rural maidens, and noble peasants should be painted. Amorsolo was awarded posthumously the first National Artist Award in 1973. His work distilled an imagined sense of nationhood during the American colonial years (mostly from early to mid-20th century)—an idealized image of the Filipina that persists today. Maiden with Lanzones portrays an American dressed in traditional Philippine attire. She wears a baro’t saya (sheer blouse and long skirt) with a paňuelo and tapis (shawl and overskirt). Carrying a basket of lanzones fruits in one hand and holding the end of her shawl with the other, she glances curiously at something beyond the picture frame. In the background, a broad swath of sun-dappled ground glistens, framing the solitary figure in asymmetrical composition. The subdued palette and gentle surroundings suffuse the painting with a lyricism typical of Amorsolo’s works from the 1920s. Exhibited in Ayala Museum’s first international exhibition featuring its fine arts collection, Pioneers of Philippine Art: Luna Amorsolo Zobel at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, California (2006). It is a gift of Fernando and Catherine Zobel de Ayala to Ayala Museum in the year 2005.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Oil on canvas 
Measurements
Width 47.5 cm. Length 69.5 cm.  
Creator name
Fernando Cueto Amorsolo 
Creator date
1892-1972 
Where it was made
Philippines; Manila 
Geography
Philippines 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; 1924 
Function
Painting 
Acquisition
Gift of Fernando and Catherine Zobel de Ayala in 2005 
Copyright
This photograph and information pertaining to the artwork pictured herein may be used only once and only for the purpose of the Virtual Collection of Masterpieces (VCM) project. The image may not be cropped or manipulated. Credits (title of artwork, artist, collection/owner, and Ayala Museum) should always be included when publishing this photograph. 
Acknowledgements
References: Capistrano – Baker, et al. Pioneers of Philippine Art: Luna, Amorsolo, Zobel Transnationalism in the late 19th – 20th Century. Manila: Ayala Foundation Inc., 2006. Paras-Perez, et al. Pioneers of Philippine Art: Luna, Amorsolo, Zobel. Manila: Ayala Foundation Inc., 2004. Villanueva, Rene. The Boy who Lost a Father and Found the Sun, The Life of Maestro Fernando Amorsolo. Manila: Ayala Foundation Inc., 2006. 
Owner
Ayala Museum 
Museum
Ayala Museum 
Credit line
Ayala Museum collection 

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