Many of us are used to seeing the above picture of Rizal's face when we search for him in the internet. Here are is a small collection of pictures of Rizal which are not commonly or easily found online.
|Rizal as a student|
The above picture shows Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonzo Realonda when he was still a student at the University of Santo Tomas, taking up medicine (specialising in opthalmology). The date on the picture is 1879, meaning he would be around 18 years old at the time the photo was taken.
|Rizal (seated) posing for Luna|
Rizal often agreed to pose for the paintings of his friend, Juan Luna. The picture above showed him posing as an Egyptian scribe in Luna's award winning painting "The Death of Cleaopatra" (1881). The painting won the silver medal in the 1881 National Exposition of Fine Arts in Madrid.
The photo below shows the circle of friends relaxing in Luna's Parisian studio.
|Rizal (center) in Juan Luna's studio in Paris|
|Rizal (right) fencing with Luna in Paris|
|Rizal (center) taking a break from fencing|
Rizal, being an educated Filipino, was considered an "Ilustrado" during the spanish colonial period. The photo below shows three of the most prominent Ilustrados during the late 19th century.
|Ilustrados: Jose Rizal, Marcelo del Pilar and Mariano Ponce|
The picture below shows Jose Rizal eating with other Filipinos who attended the Paris Expo in 1889.
|Rizal (left) with Filipinos at the Paris Expo 1889|
|Rizal (left) wearing a turban and smiling, Paris 1889|