Conversations about: Leoncio Asuncion y Molo, 1813 – 1888, sculptor



  1. September 23, 2012 at 6:11 am


    We all have to be very careful about all these “attributions.” There are all these dilettantes in the Manila arts & antiques world who are making all these groundless attributions via mere laptops and cellphones. It will take many more years, decades actually, before scientific tests can be performed on these artworks to at least narrow down the list of their possible painters.

    Best regards.

    Toto Gonzalez

  2. September 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    A new portrait plaque in ivory of a Philippine lady in a traje was recently discovered stuffed between the pages of a book in the library of an old Bulacan family. It is a small piece measuring approximately 9.5 × 6.5 cm or 3.8 x 2/6 in. It is attributed to Hilarion Asuncion.

  3. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 10, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    The portrait of Filomena Asuncion de Villafranca painted by her uncle Justiniano Asuncion is the daughter of his brother Leoncio Asuncion

    The portrait of Romana Asuncion Carillo painted by her uncle Justiniano Asuncion is the daughter of his brother Antonio Asuncion

  4. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 18, 2010 at 4:14 am

    A grandson of Leoncio Asuncion, Jose Maria Raymundo Asuncion, was also an artist [ Jose Ma R Asuncion’s still lifes were considered outstanding by Fabian de la Rosa ].

    His father, Hilarion Asuncion, a portraitist and a painter of religious subjects, married Marcela Raymundo. Jose Maria Asuncion married Juana Hubero. He took advanced studies at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid. He became a professor and a secretary of the University of the Philippines School of Fine Arts from 1911 until his death on 02 May 1925.

    According to Jack Pilar, only three pieces seem to be extant today: 1. San Juan River; 2.Tacloban River; 3. View of Samar.

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