Juan Luna


Juan Luna

Born: October 23, 1857
Died: December 7, 1899

Juan Luna, The Great Painter, was born in Badoc, Ilocos Norte to Joaquin Luna and Laureana Novicio. He studied at the Ateneo de Manila and enlisted for Maritime service but later quit to continue studies in painting. In 1876, he studied at the Academia de Dibujo y Pintura in Manila which was managed by the famous teachers Agustine Saez and Lorenzo Guerrero.

In 1877, Luna went to Spain to specialise in the art of designing and entered Escuela de Bellas Artes in Madrid. The Philippine colonial government chose Luna as pensionado to Europe. He was given a pension of 600 pesos per year for four years and in return, Luna would paint a picture every year to be used in the various government buildings.
While in Europe, Luna was accompanied with his teacher, Alejo Vera. He made his debut as a professional painter for his painting Death of Cleopatra in 1880. In 1884, he was awarded a gold medal for his Spolarium, his best painting at the time.
He transferred his studios to Paris in 1884 and married in 1886. Luna returned to Manila in 1894.
He was imprisoned along with his brother, Antonio Luna as suspected revolutionaries.
Juan Luna was pardoned and returned to Spain to work for the release of his brother.
There he joined other famous Filipinos such as Dr. Jose Rizal and Marcelo H. del Pilar.

In 1898, Juan Luna was designated as a revolutionary diplomat in Europe by General Emilio Aguinaldo. Luna died in Hong Kong from a heart attack.


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  1. Hello, my name is gina. I’m just eager to share some info regarding Juan Luna. Our house was originally own by Juan Luna which was later own by his only son Andres and his wife Grace Luna. I vividly remember this studio of Juan Luna which was unfortunately converted as my mother’s garment factory. During the conversion of that studio my mother “threw” several sketches’ easels, brushes and i believed some small painting of Luna. I guess my mother being a chinese doesn’t know much about art. I only things she donated to the government was the bloodied uniform and sword of Gen. Antonio Luna. Our family still possessed pictures of the late wife of Andres Luna. In my research on his life I came across those limited “centennial calendars” of Juan Luna. I’ve read that this missing calendars were very few because Andres Luna died even before they finished production. The thing is I have in my possession 4 copies of this centennial calendar dated 1857-1957. I have read that the committee headed by Carlos Da Silva and Andres’ wife grace requested the owners of Luna’s famous painting namely Don Eugenio Lopez Sr and Don Luis Araneta to open up their vault and be allowed to take photographs of this rare paintings to be made as centennial calendars. My copies is as follows: “ENSUENOS DE AMOR” , IDILIO” and “PUESTA DEL SOL”. In this days and times life is hard and I would like to sell one of this calendar but I have no idea how much this calendars be priced. If any one out there knows please email me. thank you.

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