The State of Art in Paete

Paete, Laguna, the Philippines

June 26, 2010

Pain was contained in the word “painting,” an art teacher I know once said. He explained that pain was an affirmation of life, and art was about life, thus, about pain. This pain, however, was never as palpable to me as in the paintings in Paete Church.

Dante’s Inferno in Dan’s Impyerno: Paete Church Mural

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