Conquest of the Philippine Islands
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
About the work
An imagined interpretation of a colonial-era battle between the Indigenous peoples of the Philippines and Spanish forces. The Spanish are outfitted with firearms and an armada of ships, while the Indigenous people defend themselves with bows and arrows. The dynamic composition gives preference to the Indigenous people on the left and recedes toward the Spanish forces in a seemingly formulaic manner.
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