Planting of the First Cross

Vicente S. Manansala

The painting depicts the planting of the cross in Cebu in 1521 with Ferdinand Magellan, Spanish soldiers and the natives with intricate tattoos known as pintados. The original cross can still be found in a special kiosk in Cebu City. This mural painting is one of the best representations of historical artwork in the collection. Manansala’s rendition is an amalgamation of the traditional and modern techniques in painting. It also manifests his mastery of transparent cubism.

The artwork was commissioned by the national government in celebration of the 400 years of Philippine Christianization held in Cebu in 1965.

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