Spolarium


The Spoliarium is a painting by Filipino artist Juan Luna. The painting was submitted by Luna to the Exposicion Nacional de Bellas Artes in 1884, where it garnered a gold medal. In 1886, it was sold to the Diputacion Provincial de Barcelona for 20000 pesetas. It is hanged in the main gallery at the ground floor of the National Museum of the Philippines.
The Spoliarium measures four meters in height and seven meters in width. The canvas depicts a chamber beneath a Roman arena, where bodies of dead gladiators are being dragged into a shadowy area, presumably to be put in a bigger pile of dead bodies.

Juan Luna’s famous painting Spoliarium was painted in a very large canvas and is more or less life size. His painting portrays defeated gladiators in the arena being dragged into a pile of other corpses. On the left side, there are many spectators viewing the spectacle with a variety of expressions. While on the far right side of the painting, is a very notable grieving woman in torn and shabby clothing. Horizontal lines are seen in the walls and the people watching the scene. But diagonal lines that denote movement are very obvious and can be seen in the gladiators’ slain bodies, in the men dragging them and in the floor tiles. There is a dominant use of contour lines as shown in the muscles of the arms, legs and backs of the gladiators. In the use of color, there is a governing use of red mostly seen in the center that attracts attention of the viewers at first sight. The use of green on the weeping lady’s dress creates contrast against the gladiators’ red dresses. The intensity of the color red is very overwhelming. Almost all of the colors used are warm colors which he think it is intentional. Luna used the colors in a way that he injects his own symbolism in them.
Well anyways that’s Spoliarium… and I meant by the title Spolarium by ERASERHEADS

song: Spolarium
artist: eraserheads
album: sticker happy

A D
Dumilim ang paligid
G E A
May tumawag sa pangalan ko
D
Labing-isang palapag
G E F
Tinanong kung okey lang ako
C
Sabay abot ng baso
F C
May naghihintay
F C F
At bakit ba ‘pag nagsawa na ako
E
Biglang ayoko na…

Chorus

A C#m Bm
At ngayon di pa rin alam
D A
Kung ba’t tayo nandito
C#m Bm
Puwede bang itigil mo na
D D
Ang pag-ikot ng mundo.

Lumiwanag ng buwan
San Juan Di ko na nasasakyan
Ang lahat ng bagay ay
Gumuguhit na lang
Sa ‘king lalamunan.

Refrain

F C F
Ewan mo at ewan natin (kung)
C F
Sinong (may/nag)pakana?
C F
At bakit ba tumilapon ang
C E
(Gintong alak/Spoliarium) diyan sa paligid mo?

Repeat Chorus

Adlib: A-D-F#m-E-D-A-F#m-E-E

Umiyak ang umaga
Anong sinulat ni Enteng at Joey diyan
Sa pintong salamin
Di ko na mabasa
Pagkat merong nagbura-aah, haa
Aah-hah-aah.

Repeat Refrain

Repeat Chorus except last line

Coda

Ang pag-ikot ng mundo
Puwede bang itigil mo na
Ang pag-ikot ng mundo
Puwede bang itigil mo na
Ang pag-ikot ng mundo… (15x and fade)

One Response

  1. weird

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