MRI Forum 20
"Giuseppe Castiglione, S.J.—An Italian Master Painter
in the Courts of
by Robert Brothers
Mr. Robert Brothers will address the background to the lives and aspirations of the Jesuit Missionaries in Beijing during the 50 years (1716—1766) that Giuseppe Castiglione (alias Lang Shining) lived in China and worked for three Emperors. He will briefly touch on the relevant historical background of the Court during these fifty years and how it was that important matters of state touched on and affected the lives of the missionaries living there. He will illustrate several of the more important paintings by Castiglione and will discuss their significance and meaning. Of particular interest he will draw attention to the symbolism that is wrapped up and demonstrated in such paintings. He will discuss Castiglione influence on chinese art as a whole and how Castiglione is viewed today by the art world.