Three Weddings and a Breastfeeding Virgin

Manila, the Philippines

May 18, 2014

My grandfather must have turned in his grave. He was the first Filipino Baptist minister in my hometown in the 1930s; fast forward to about 80 years later and his daughter – my mother – declared she wanted to do a visita iglesia in Manila. As a PK (pastor’s kid), Mom could count with one hand the times she had been inside a Catholic church. Perhaps because of this blog, she finally caught on to my fondness for religious art in these colonial era churches.

Wedding @ San Agustin Church, Manila

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Spatial Transcendence

Manila, the Philippines

September 26, 2010

“It’s not flat!” Karry, my Japanese friend, exclaimed as she was looking up at the ceiling of San Agustin Church in Manila. That one sentence proved that the church’s ceiling mural had fooled yet another gazer. And that is exactly what a trompe l’oeil (click here for the pronunciation) painting intends to do. The term is French for “deception of the eye.” It is a technique in visual arts that renders images on a flat surface to be realistically three-dimensional, and it has been used for centuries. Kids, 3D was not invented by James Cameron.

LIght and Shadow, Reality and Illusion @ San Agustin Church, Manila

Light and Shadow, Reality and Illusion @ San Agustin Church, Manila

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