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The Assassination of Governor Bustamante and His Son
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

A dramatic depiction of the murder of Governor General Fernando Bustamante in 1719 by a mob of friars. He is portrayed being brought down a grand staircase as his soldiers struggle to contain the massacre. The "spectacle is enriched by bright colors and fine fixtures such as those of the elaborately embroidered standards, the governor's clothes and the surplice of a sacristan at the foregound right". Dynamic composistion, remarkable scale, and intensive potryal of an actual event contribute to the bravura of this opus.

History of the Object
This painting was first exhibited in 1905 at the St. Louis Exposition in the United States of America where it won a gold medal. Don Antonio Ma. Regidor, a Filipino nationalist, who commissioned the painting never took hold of it. The artist Hidalgo himself did not dare show it in Barcelona for fear that the subject would evoke controversy. The painting remained in Barcelona until 1914, a year after the painter's death. The painting was brought back to the Philippines by one of his relatives. In 1965, the painting came into the possession of Mr. Manuel Lazatin Garcia. In 1971, it was transferred to the residence of architect Leandro Locsn for safekeeping. Mr. Garcia, motivated by his nationalistic attitude, called on the National Museum and offered the masterpiece for public exhibition. The painting was unveiled in 1974 at the National Museum in time for the celebration of Museum Week and it was declared a National Cultural Treasure.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Oil on canvas 
Measurements
Width 338 cm Length 412 cm  
Creator name
Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo 
Creator date
February 21, 1855 - March 13, 1913 
Where it was made
Spain; Barcelona 
Geography
Spain 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
19th Century - 20th Century; 1804-1929; Anuvong Period 
Function
Artwork 
Acquisition
On loan from Locsin Family (Caretaker) 
Copyright
All rights reserved 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Locsin Family 
Museum
National Museum of the Philippines 
Credit line
National Museum 

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