By Dom Galeon
The National Museum received two new additions to its collection of artistic treasures, courtesy of the Philippine Italian Association (PIA).
Two busts, collectively known as Kiss, made by renowned Filipino artist Diosdado M. Lorenzo, are now on display at Gallery 14 of the National Museum of Fine Arts, together with many of Lorenzo’s paintings.
Kiss features a bust of Lorenzo himself and the other of Italian gentleman Enrico Costamagna.
The latter’s son, Mario, became a very close friend of Lorenzo when he studied art in Italy.
Kiss was a gift the Filipino artist left to the Costamagnas.
Enrico’s grandchildren, Alba and Marco decided to donate the sculpture to the Philippines.
This was made possible with the assistance of Silvana Diaz, owner and artistic director of Galleria Duemila and VP for Culture of the PIA.
Although more popularly known as a modern and contemporary painter, Lorenzo also dabbled in sculpting. The two busts were among his first works as a young sculptor.