Macau, Macau



  • Wednesday, 3 February 2021


  • Don Bosco Auditorium, University of Saint Joseph, Macau (Ilha Verde Campus)

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  • University of Saint Joseph

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  • 18:30 to 20:00


  • Free


  • English


  • Macao Foundation (澳門基金會)

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Prof. Francesco Vossilla Ph.D., Florence

Professor Dr. Francesco Vossilla serves as President of the Society of Studies on Giuseppe Castiglione S.J. His research and teaching is focused on Museum Studies, Philosophy of Art, Art History for various Universities in Europe and Asia including Gonzaga University, Florence, Italy and Xi'an Jiaotong University in China.

Recent publications include: F. Vossilla, The Jesuit painter and his Emperor. Some comments regarding Giuseppe Castiglione and the Qianlong Emperor, in: National Palace Museum Bulletin, vol. 49, December 2016, pp.69-88; F. Vossilla, Some notes regarding Giuseppe Castiglione and Ferdinando Moggi as architects in Beijing, in: Ferdinando Moggi (1684-1761). Architetto e gesuita fiorentino in Cina, edited by S. U. Baldassarri, C. Cinelli, G. de Juliis, F.Vossilla, Pontecorboli editore, Florence 2018, pp. 63-86.




The Franciscan missionary Giovanni da Montecorvino acted in Beijing during the Yuan Dynasty as one of the first ambassadors of peace and faith between China and the West. The lecture is thus focused on missionary and cultural diplomacy along the Silk Road namely by Giovanni Marignolli OFM, Francesco Sambiasi SJ, Vittorio Ricci OP, Giuseppe Castiglione SJ, Ferdinando Moggi SJ, and Francesco Folleri SJ who wanted to genuinely share their skills and enter into a sincere dialogue with the Chinese people. In midst of the pandemic crisis there seems to be an even stronger need to better understand cultural exchanges between China and the West. This would lay the ground for an urgent quest for peace and fraternity based on the inspiring example of the pioneer missionaries in China.