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Guillermo Tolentino, a National Artist, is a master of his craft and a defender of conservatism in Philippine sculpture. Here is Venus (1951), made from plaster of paris, exuding the classic qualities of feminine beauty.

Photo by I.R. Arenas

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Guillermo Tolentino’s adherence to Classicism and Romanticism enabled him to produce sculptures at par with Western masterpieces. This is Venus (1951), located at the top floor of the National Museum of Fine Arts.

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Photo by I.R. Arenas