Master sculptor Isabelo Tampinco‘s carvings adorned churches, public edifices, and homes, most notably the Church of San Ignacio in Intramuros. His world was that of the artists of the late nineteenth to early twentieth century Quiapo and Sta. Cruz, who strove valiantly to be recognized among their European counterparts. Tampinco endeavored to create a distinct Filipino style by infusing his carvings and scultures with native motifs like anahaw, areca palm, and bamboo, a style which would come to be known by his name. This book explores his life and the influences that shaped his life, with a comprehensive gallery of his extant works as welll as archival photographs of his lost masterpieces. While the ravages of war obliterated much of his work, what remains — showcased here — cements his status as one of the great Filipino masters.
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