Famous Filipino Paintings


The Spoliarium is a painting by Filipino artist Juan Luna. The painting was submitted by Luna to the Exposicion Nacional de Bellas Artes in 1884, where it garnered a gold medal. In 1886, was sold to the Diputacion Provincial de Barcelona for 20000 pesetas. It currently hangs in the main gallery at the ground floor of the National Museum of the Philippines.

The Spoliarium measures four meters in height and seven meters in width. The canvas depicts a chamber beneath a Roman arena, where bodies of dead gladiators are being dragged into a shadowy area, presumably to be put in a bigger pile of dead bodies

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