A Franceso Riccardo Monti sculpture at the National Museum.
Located on the ground floor of the National Museum of Fine Arts (Old Legislative Building), visitors can view a Pieta by Italian sculptor Francesco Riccardo Monti (1888-1958) who lived and worked in the Philippines from 1930 to 1958.
The Pieta, probably made in 1946 of concrete polychrome, features a mannerist style that became predominant in Italy after Renaissance in the 16th century. It is characterized by “elongated forms, spiral angles, twisting poses, and aloof subject gazes”, according to rad.edu. Monti was commissioned to create this for a funerary chapel, which may have inspired him to depart briefly from his remarkable Art Deco style.
Catalina Realty, Inc., through artist Phyllis Zaballero, donated Monti’s Pieta to the National Museum in 2013.
© The National Museum of the Philippines (2017)
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The National Museum of the Philippines is located at the P. Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila. It is open from Tuesdays-Sundays, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM