Dr. Raeburn Johnston
Vincente Manansala (January 22, 1910 – August 22, 1981)
“The Crucifixion”, painted in Manansala’s indigenized interpretation of cubism, captures the sorrowful moment of Mary at the foot of Christ’s cross, her bowed head both hints regret and acceptance of her son’s date with death. The dominant use of white robe strikes a dramatic contrast between Christ’s agony and suffering at the black cross, suggesting the deep maternal bond between mother and son. Triangles and domes, also in white overlap in the gray-blue background.