Sto. Niño icons, images on display

TO KICK off this year’s Sinulog celebration, the third Sto. Niño exhibit, which features various Sto. Niño icons, images and titles of Cebuano devotees, opened last Wednesday at the SM City Cebu Art Center.

The exhibit showcases 60 niño’s created according to the concept of the artists, and titled according to the whims of the devotee.

One of the paintings that stands out is the Sto. Niño Chino or the Chinese Holy Child. The Sto. Niño is depicted as a Ching dynasty crown prince.

Although the painting displays an overwhelmingly Chinese influence, the image still carries the much familiar European symbols of power: the orb and the scepter.

The combination of the two cultures makes the image a perfect example of a beautiful and striking artistic synthesis.

East meets West

In China, a move among Chinese Roman Catholic to assimilate the sacred art forms, like the Chinese Holy Child, also resulted to the creation of a Chinese Imperial Madonna, which is currently enshrined in the Beijing Cathedral.

A section of the exhibit is also devoted to Dr. Mae Mendoza’s collection of Sto. Niños.

One of them is seated on a silver throne and is raised on a platform under an elegant decorative arch, which shows the Christ Child’s kingship and power over all men.

I just love collecting different Sto. Niños and aside from that, I am also collecting different images of the saints, she said.

The theme of this year’s exhibit is “Sto. Niño: Bahandi sa Simbahang Sugbuanon.

The exhibit will be open until January 31. (PDF/Sun.Star Cebu)

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