Sunday, October 12, 2008

A Gifted Painter Now Almost Forgotten

By Ambeth Ocampo
Philippine Daily InquirerFirst
Posted 01:59:00 10/03/2008

MANILA, Philippines—Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo (1855-1913) is acknowledged as one of the great Filipino painters of the late 19th century. If one of his paintings is available on the art market, it usually comes with a seven-figure price tag. But to say that his friend and contemporary, Juan Luna, overshadowed him is an understatement. Both won medals in the 1884 Madrid Exposition of Fine Arts, but Hidalgo and his silver medal do not quite top Luna’s gold.

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