Matteo Ricci, engraved by Li Zhizao, Map of the Ten Thousand Countries of the Earth (Kunyu wanguo quantu), 1601–02, woodblock print on rice paper, courtesy of the James Ford Bell Trust for the Benefit of the James Ford Bell Library.
Speaker: James Clifton, MFAH curator, Renaissance and Baroque painting; director, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation
This lecture explores how a map of overwhelming dimensions, created in 1602 by Matteo Ricci, a Jesuit priest living in China, was intended to be both an illustration of the extent of the emperor’s realm and a compendium of knowledge about the world. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition of Ricci's monumental work Map of the Ten Thousand Countries of the Earth.
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