Sculpture 06: National Arts Gallery Pediment
Did you ever notice the sculptures at the pediment of the National Museum’s main building (National Arts Gallery)? The façade is reminiscent of the classical Greek temples. Naturally some architectural elements prominent in old Greek temples are copied into the neoclassical structures. And such are the reliefs at the pediment. I am not sure who the sculptor was but I assume it to be Otto Fischer-Credo. He was a German sculptor who worked with architect Juan Arellano on several projects in the 1920s. (You can read Lou Gopal’s blog Manila Nostalgia about his “discovery” of Fischer-Credo.)
Any onlookers would have strained their eyes looking at the pediment reliefs. Their relative position at the topmost part of the building would render them inconspicuous at close range and unnoticeable from afar. So the best way to appreciate them is by using binoculars. I photographed them using zoom lens. I can say I was given a glimpse of such a marvelous manifestation of Philippine neoclassical high art. Here are the figures found at the east pediment.
The west pediment, which is seen from Padre Burgos Avenue, has almost the same figures but of slight different visages.