Portia Placino

Repository of my thoughts and images of art, literature, travel, and life.

Day 7, A conversation between two paintings

My students are always fascinated when I point out that Juan Luna’s Spoliarium isn’t his only work, nor academic painting his only style. Two examples currently hang in the Vargas … Continue reading

April 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Teaching controversial art

Teaching controversial art proved to be a difficult endeavor. Part of why this in the syllabus is so that I can teach visual literacy and open-mindedness to my students. Sadly, … Continue reading

September 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Ideological Divides and a Calm After the Storm

We now leave the Renaissance for a bit and focus on the next couple of centuries–17th to 18th centuries. There was an enormous upheaval and ideological divide during the Baroque … Continue reading

September 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Further into the Renaissance and Mannerism

August was full of disruptions, rains, floods, and even illnesses. But hopefully, we leave all that now. As August ends, we also end our lessons in Renaissance. This time, we … Continue reading

August 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Shifting towards the Renaissance

Last time, we talked about the relationship of art with the church. Particularly, how art expressed beliefs and predispositions of the church. Christian religion then was a new system of … Continue reading

August 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Art and the Church Lecture

  Art and religion has a very complicated relationship, to say the least. In art history, art played a key role in the development of the church, more particularly a … Continue reading

July 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

Looking at Early Art

There is always something so fascinating about early art. There is no written documentation from pre-historic art. What we have left are their sculptures, their paintings, and their structures. We … Continue reading

July 13, 2012 · 5 Comments

Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase

I stumbled into this interesting piece as I was looking for new movies to watch. Since The Artist was such a success, I decided to look for more Academy Award winning films. … Continue reading

June 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Monumentality and Utilitarianism–of Ancient Egypt, Ancient India and Early Philippines

The first Ancient Civilization that we learn in class is on Ancient Egypt. I think that the journey should start from there, where we can see monumentality and attempt at … Continue reading

January 9, 2012 · Leave a comment
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The only semi-decent video we got of her walking unsupported. It really was much better than that. Maybe in the days to come. We were just so excited, its difficult to film. So happy for our bouncing ray of sunshine! #babybirthday #babynarratives
Incredibly fun party number two at baby school! The baby buffet was such a hit! More stories to come. Also, Leia had such fun, she began walking unsupported. Yay! #babybirthday #babynarratives
For now, all I can say is, we have a toddler. Who refuses her bedtime because she found out she has new toys in the shiny boxes. Among other things. She grew up too fast and I have a million words but none that I can utter right now. Thanks to everyone who has always been there for us in our most challenging journey yet. Onwards little one, you are still my baby. #babybirthday #babynarratives
Leia's impromptu day out. Just wanted a bite at the local eatery, but it was closed, so we went to a nearby mall. We ordered her a crepe and she loved it. She enjoyed "choosing" from the menu. Lol. We also gave in and let her taste ice cream from one of our favorite places. But, nope, she did not like it. Nice, pre-birthday celebration, she definitely enjoyed being outside and observing people. #babynarratives
Someone had her first ice cream. And she did not like it. Lol. I really thought she would gobble ice cream up, oh well, good for her. Impromptu day out when our neighborhood eatery was closed. #babynarratives
I wish I can have a sip of orange hot chocolate and a bite of lemon cream pie. Its sooo hot. And I am craving. Sigh... I am sooo Tita. #chocolate #dessert