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April 15 is WORLD ART DAY, also commemorating the birth of Leonardo da Vinci.

This 19th century masterpiece by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo at the Lopez Museum and Library may be academic in form and intent but it constitutes the great ideals of High Renaissance, the reflowering of humanism and culture in 15th century Europe. Contemplative of man’s ultimate journey, La Barca de Aqueronte offers two destinations: Elysium or Hades. Is it figurative or inherently vital to our understanding of humanity? Something to meditate on this Lenten holiday.


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