Limbag Kamay: 400 Years of Philippine Printmaking
Written by Santiago Albano Pilar and Imelda Cajipe-Endaya, this book chronicles the history of printmaking in the Philippines from the Spanish period to the postwar and the present.
The first prints in the Philippines appeared in 1593 in the seminal books, Doctrina Christiana and the Shih-lu. Local artists adopted printmaking during the Spanish colonial period in the form of woodcut, etching, and engraving using religious and secular themes until the 1900s. With the American period came new technologies for printmaking but it was not until the late 1950s that the practice became popular among local artists and valued as an art form.
Nicolas de la Cruz Bagay, ‘Pedro Murillo Velarde 1734 Map’, (Detail), 1734.
Cultural Center of the Philippines
Softcover / 8.25 x 11.5 inches / 76 pages / BW
English & Filipino