Hero of the Philippine Revolution
Juan Luna was a renowned painter, famous for his masterpieces
The young Luna studied at the Ateneo de Manila, and studied designing at the Academia de Dibujo Y Pintura in Manila
In 1875, he obtained his certificate as a pilot or seaman at age 17. He traveled to Spain in 1877, and entered Escuela de Bella Artes in Madrid
In 1881, Juan Luna won the gold medal for Death of Cleopatra ( later sold for 5000 pesetas). In 1884, he painted his best known work, the "Spoliarium".
Other notable works included:
He returned to the Philippines in 1891. In 1896 he was captured and imprisoned at Fort Santiago on suspicion of being with the Katipuneros. Later he went back to Spain where he joined Dr. Jose Rizal, Marcelo H. del Pilar, and Graciano Lopez-Jaena.
He died of sickness on December 7, 1899.
Excerpts from Talambuhay ng mga Bayani by Rene Alba
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