Félix Resurrección Hidalgo, Don Perez de Dasmariñas, 1896, National Museum.
In Spanish and American times, it hung in the sala of the Palace, together with Luna’s portrait of Governor-General Blanco that somehow now forms part of a private collection. Quezon had this painting placed at the head of the stairs of the Palace; when Quirino received The Nereids by the noted Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla, from Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, of the sugar magnate family, this painting was moved near the entrance to the Reception Hall, apparently right across from Luna’s Blood Compact.
Ileana Maramag’s Imelda Romualdez Marcos then updates us on what happened thereafter:
(The Palace) has become a museum of Philippine art and artifice. Even the social hall downstairs has lost its basement look now that its walls are jewelled with Philippine paintings. In the hall leading to it are a large oil by Hidalgo (his famous Governor with Friar) and a cabinet that displays native pots and beadwork alongside dug-up Chinese ceramics.
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