Oct 142011


This painting of the Cathedral in Havana by Cuban artist Pavel Moraguez Mok, a Cuban artist from Holguin is a work commissioned by a private collector a few years ago. The sculptural style of Moraguez can be seen in this example of Havana art which portrays one of the most famous classical landmarks of the city of Havana.

Properly named, Catedral de la Virgen María de la Concepción Inmaculada de La Habana (Cathedral of The Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception) and sometimes known as the Cathedral of Saint Christopher, is a Roman Catholic cathedral constructed by the Jesuits between 1748 to 1777. Its lovely Baroque facade has been captured in the strong bold and sometimes gentle strokes of the paintbrush of Moraguez. This representation of the Havana Cathedral stands isolated, representing a kind of emptiness against a partially clouded sky, reflecting his position on religion and faith.

As those who have visited Cuba know, the Havana Cathedral is located on the Plaza de la Catedral, in Old Havana and is more often than not, crowded with tourists and worshippers, small cafes and the beat of Cuban music. However, Moraguez paints the Havana Cathedral seemingly devoid of any signs of humanity. His vision reveals an almost sterile depiction of one of the most lovely Baroque cathedrals in the world.

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