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Spoliarium
NMG-443
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

A work that testifies to the talent of a Filipino artist schooled in Europe and devoted to the liberation of his country from colonialism. Through a synthesis of academic technique and potential allegorical interpretation, the painting is invested with magisterial grandeur. It is inspired by a scene in Louis Dezobry's Rome at the Century of Augustus and it masterfully depicts the grief and tumult that pervades the spoliarium, the place in the Roman colosseum where the fallen and dying gladiators are stripped of their final possessions. It is the nation's most cherished painting.

History of the Object
Juan Luna started this painting around July 1883 in Rome and completed in March 1884. It was first shown at the Palazzi della Esposione at Via Nazionale together with the works of other Spanish painters in Rome. It was exhibited at the National Exposition of Fine Arts of Madrid in 1884 and won the First of the Three Gold Medals. In 1885 it was purchased by the Provincial Government of Barcelona, exhibited at the Salon of Painting in Paris in 1886, and was placed in the Museo de Arte Moderno in Barcelona in 1887. It was badly damaged during the Spanish Civil War. It was restored and sent to the Prado Generalissimo Franco who ordered the donation of the work to the Philippines around 1956. It was turned over to the Philippines Embassy in Spain in 1958. It was unveiled at the National Museum in 1962.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Oil on canvas 
Measurements
Width 7.675 m. Length 4.22 m.  
Creator name
Juan Luna 
Creator date
October 23, 1857 - December 7, 1899 
Where it was made
Italy; Rome  
Geography
Italy 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; July 1883 - March 12, 1884 
Function
Artwork 
Acquisition
Donated to the National Museum 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum 
Museum
National Museum of the Philippines 
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