China on Paper

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The striking illustrated books, maps, and prints featured in China on Paper are some of the most notable among the printed works produced at the dawn of the era of global trade to present China to Europe and bring Western science, religion, and art to China.

From a Chinese translation of the rosary to French editions of Confucian classics, from a monumental map of the world to magnificent engravings of the European pavilions built by Jesuits at the behest of the Qianlong emperor—these works on paper reveal a compelling and largely hidden history of mutual curiosity and fruitful collaboration at a time when few people traveled far from home.

topic: Marcia Reed, Paolo Dematte,China on Paper: European and Chinese Works from the Late Sixteenth to the Early Nineteenth Century,J Paul Getty Museum Pubns

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