Rustan’s held a successful event recently on the fifth floor of Rustan’s Makati entitled “Talleres de Maximo Vicente.” It featured the finest works and craftmanship of Maximo Vicente Sr., the master sculptor of religious imagery. A sale-exhibit showcased various religious images from the private collection of Maximo Vicente Jr. and his wife, Soledad Hernandez-Vicente.
For the opening ceremonies, former first lady Imelda Marcos and philanthropist Danny Dolor were present to cut the ceremonial ribbon, together with Rustan’s chair emeritus Ambassador Bienvenido Tantoco Sr. and his daughter, chairman and CEO of Rustan Commercial Corporation, Zenaida Tantoco. Vicente’s eldest grandchild and custodian of the religious iconography, Renee Vicente Francisco, was present together with her family members, as well as some patrons of the Talleres de Maximo Vicente.
According to Marilen Tantoco, Rustan’s vice president for home merchandising, among the 92 pieces of artwork at the exhibition, most of the sculptures had already been sold aside from the life-size sculpture of Our Lady of the Assumption, the last original work of Vicente before he died in 1964. Other sculptures on display were the images of the Sto. Niño de Praga and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The exhibition showcased Vicente’s exquisite and artistic depictions of various religious figures.
Although the exhibit has ended, Vicente’s masterful craftmanship can still be viewed and appreciated since Vicente’s extraordinary works of art could also be found in some churches around the Philippines, and they are most likely used in various processions around the country as well. Maximo Vicente’s creations are still well sought-after as they express strong faith and exquisite taste, which further solidifies his status as a master craftsman that could rival even the best European artisans. A meticulous attention to detail, an unparalleled craftmanship, and a strong faith in God brought forth such one-of-a-kind creations that have stood the test of time, garnering Maximo Vicente Sr. the title master sculptor of religious imagery.
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