‘Mother and Child’, an enduring theme for Philippine artists



Pin it on Catholic influence or Filipinos' natural matriarchal tendency, but depicting the bond of a mother and her child is so meaningful that it has somehow become an established tradition of visual artists: almost every iconic Filipino artist has drawn inspiration from this theme.


So powerful is the unspoken message of a mother and a child that luminaries in the Philippine art scene have sought to capture it in their own works, all of which are copyright protected.



1. Ina at Anak

Fernando Amorsolo

(National Artist)

2. Mother and Child

(signed and dated 1973)

Benedicto Cabrera

(National Artist)

Ink and acrylic on paper

3. Mother and Child (1964)

Vicente Manansala

(National Artist)



4. Mother and Child (1953)

Napoleon Abueva

(National Artist)



5. Mother and Child (1970)

Hernando Ruiz Ocampo

(National Artist)

Oil on canvas