The Art Collection
The Masters Gallery highlights, among many other celebrated visual artists, three masters of the brush who celebrate the Filipino way of life, history, and myths with compelling images in their unique styles:
Juan Luna (1857 – 1899) represents the Filipino’s highest achievements in the international art scene during the 19th century. He remains unsurpassed by any Filipino or Asian artist up to the present. His academic-classical style represents a high point of western influence in Philippine visual arts.
Fernando C. Amorsolo (1892 – 1972) represents the mastering of the Filipino genre painting, celebrating key features of high and popular culture—beauty, nostalgia, pageantry, the fantasy of how the Philippines was, and the dream of how it should be.
Carlos “Botong” Francisco (1913 – 1969) represents the high point of mural painting in the country, and is often called the greatest muralist and modernist the country has produced. His elegant draftsmanship and flair for sensuous shapes and complex design, coupled with the popularity of his themes, glorify community life and love of country and vividly record the legendary courage of the ancestors of our race.
The Yuchengco Group of Companies Collection
Now part of the Museum’s permanent collection are key art pieces from the YGC executive offices. The collection consists of works by Filipino Modernists such as Anita Magsaysay Ho and by National Artists of the country Victorio Edades, Ang Kiukok, Napoleon Abueva, Vicente Manansala, Cesar Legaspi, and Jose Joya to name a few. The YGC Collection also has a sizeable number of works in the folk genre by Norma Belleza, Angelito Antonio, and Manuel Baldemor, and prints by Manuel Rodriguez, Sr. and Boy Rodriguez. Some thematic exhibitions periodically presented in the museum feature these pieces.