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MRI Forum - Diplomacy and artistic exchanges on the Silk Road and the Spice Road: some exemplary figures

Forum

Date:

  • 11 July 2018

Location:

  • Saint Joseph Seminary Hall, The St. Joseph Seminary

Cooperation Partner:

  • University of Saint Joseph

Time:

  • 18:30 to 20:45

Cost:

  • Free

Languages:

  • English

Sponsor:

  • Macao Foundation (澳門基金會)

Speaker

Forum

Prof. Francesco Vossilla

Professor Francesco Vossilla is an honorary scholar of the Academy of Arts and Design of Florence and serves as President of the Society of the Studies on Giuseppe Castiglione S.J., “Lang Shi Ning”, dedicated to intercultural studies and named after the great Jesuit artist in China.

Since June 2018, Professor Vossilla is a new member of the Macau Ricci Institute. He has published mostly on philosophy of art, Renaissance sculpture, and the history of Italian museums.

Recent publications of Prof. Francesco Vossilla:

F.Vossilla, Zhang Zheng Ying, Giuseppe Castiglione, painter in the Heavenly Kingdom, in Nella lingua dell’altro. Lang Shining New media art exhibition. Giuseppe Castiglione gesuita e pittore in Cina (1715-1766), Cat. Exhibition Oct. 31st 2015- Jen. 31st 2016 in Santa Croce Florence, curators Fung Ming-Chu and Francesco Vossilla, Taipei 2015, pp. 124-153.

F. Vossilla, The Jesuit painter and his Emperor. Some comments regarding Giuseppe Castiglione and the Qianlong Emperor, in <>, vol. 49, December 2016, pp.69-88.

Introduction

In the contemporary scenario of globalization, traditional differences between cultures and religions fade away not because of a new humanistic perspective but due to international commerce.

This presentation focuses on Italian missionaries who travelled on the Silk Road and the Spice Road as diplomats and artists. Missionaries like the Franciscan Giovanni Marignolli (Florence, active 1338-1353), the Dominican Vittorio Ricci (1621 Florence-1685 Manila), or the Jesuit artists Giuseppe Castiglione (1688 Milan- 1766 Beijing) and Ferdinando B. Moggi (1684 Florence-1761 Beijing) travelled to China on the Silk Road or by sea risked to lose their own identity in the encounter with sophisticated cultures. The experience of missionaries defines an anthropology of human diversity transcending history because their human journey was oriented by God.