A Tour to the Ayala Museum and a Reflection on Ang Lee's Lust Caution

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Painting for me, is the type of art which requires the use of all senses to express and understand. Painting requires both the audience and painter to be in the painting itself, so that one could fully understand and “feel” the painting. Each detail could run in ones imagination through a simple painting. Details include the smell, sounds and the ambience or aura.

I went to the Ayala museum to see the exhibited paintings and other form of arts. By the time I entered, I started roaming around the 3rd floor of the museum. I noticed different kinds of paintings. There were abstract paintings, religious paintings, abstract paintings and even very simple paintings. Fernando Amorsolo was a painter who for me has the likes of painting something about religion. His painting “The Early Sulu Wedding” struck me and made me want to look at the painting closer. The painting was like a religious ritual in my point of view.

It made me wonder why a bride must be nude and show her body. The only thing that covers her chest are golden necklaces on her neck. These golden necklaces may be the one that is being emphasized instead of her chests. In my point of view, this maybe a symbol for something important like loyalty. The hat of the woman is not like a Filipino style hat. It looks more of a Muslim type of hat – maybe because of the Sulu setting. Beside the woman is the man who is like donating a wooden bowl. Again, for me, the wooden bowl may also be a symbol that is related with the wedding. The painting emphasized the wedding – this is because the people on the background are blurred. Its setting is on like a province, specifically the forests which...