Noli me Tangere has been chosen as one of the astonishing artwork because it is the first novel written by Dr. Jose Rizal. It is about the society of the Philippines during Spanish colonial period. It criticizes the apathy and pretensions of many Filipinos who either passively accept the social order out of fear, or collaborate with the colonizers in abusing other Filipinos because of political and economic expediencies resulting from the colonial set-up.
It is considered to be art because the way the elements are arranged is balance. One part of the image stands out the most. It has unity because the variety elements work together to create a meaning. It has proportion too.
The symbols of the book cover of Noli me Tangere: Silhouette of a Filipina symbolizes Maria Clara, Crisostomo Ibarra’s lover as one of the characters in the novel. A man in a cassock with hairy feet is to representation for priests using religion in a dirty way, specifically Padre Damaso. The helmet of the guardia civil/constabulary helmet is an obvious take on the arrogance of those in authority. The flogs and whip/cord symbolize the cruelties presented in the novel. A length of chain is representation of slavery and imprisonment. Bamboo stalks are about resilience. Cross symbolizes suffering and death. It also represent a grave; magnifies the discrimination towards Filipinos and Chinese Mestizos and Spaniards during this time. Burning torch could possibly mean everything to every single suffering Filipinos: “The rise of the revolution is now at hand.” Pomelo blossoms and laurel leaves roughly represent faith, honor and fidelity.
This art form helps us to understand why this is made during the colonial period. May we, early Filipinos open their eyes and know what was going on in the reality during the time of colonization of the Spaniards. It is may also use as basis of governing until now. It really shows the identity of Filipinos of being slaves of the early Spaniards that may be...