Fernanda de Jesus
Fernanda de Jesus is a painting in oil on canvas by Fernando Amorsolo. It is a portrait, best known as "Dalagang Filipina (translated: Filipina Lady).” The painter created the image with the aim to represent and celebrate an ideal example of Filipino womanhood.
It was part of the private collection of Tony Nazareno.
In this painting, the physical features of a Filipino woman are conveyed--softly rounded face with clear light brown rose-tinted complexion and a hint of a smile, framed with black hair. The subject also holds a tray of flowers that she seems to offer, which implies the Filipino woman's role is to give pleasure and offer services--all in all presenting herself as an offering fit for the entitled male.
Other art experts say the portrait might symbolize a waiting nation, or is possibly a depiction of the Virgin Mary.
- Guillermo, A.G. "Fernanda De Jesus." In CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, 1st ed., Vol. 4, 240. Philippines: CCP Publications Office, 1994.
- Gomez, Jerome. Behind the Curse of Juan Luna's "Portrait of a Lady”. Esquire. Accessed on 7 May 2021.
- Fernando Amorsolo. Arts of Asia, Volume 15. Arts of Asia Publications, 1985.