Focus: The Legacy of Matteo Ricci
The Legacy of Matteo Ricci
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Father Matteo Ricci. This remarkable Jesuit not only signifies the spread of the Catholic Church to China but also in his partnership with Xu Guangqi, introduced and shared European astronomy and maths and science, further enriching Chinese society and its education system.
In this Focus, we will not only be looking in greater detail at the achievements and legacy of the great man, how he changed the world and how his spirit of this pioneer in dialogue lives on; but also we will show how our umbrella organisation, the Taipei Ricci Institute is renewing Ricci's legacy, that of his encounter with Xu Guangqi and indeed our own Institutes mission and relevance today. Thus we announce the opening of the Matteo Ricci - Pacific Studies Room in the National Central Library, Taiwan; the Xu-Ricci Dialogue Institute at Fudan University in Shanghai, and the release of an electronic version of the Grand Ricci - which was the very first and most complete dictionary between Chinese and any European language.
Named after the famous Jesuit missionary, Matteo Ricci, over the last 50 years the Ricci Institute has been devoted to research in fields such as international Chinese...
To purchase the full version of the DVD Matteo Ricci in Chinese contact Paul Su or come and visit the Kuangchi Offices in Taipei. Also available are educational documentaries on Matteo...
I adopted the process from the only person in the world I can honestly say I viscerally hate – my ex-mother in law. (I would not slow down a car if I were driving and she was...
I rejoice in the fact that the new Centre organising our forum has been placed under the twin names of Xu Guangqi and Matteo Ricci. Through this patronage, its founders are inscribing their academic endeavour into the domain of humane friendship – and more specifically of intercultural...
On Friday 16 April 2010, Professor Nicolas Standaert S.J. presented to a full house at the National Central Library of Taiwan.
The audience assembled to hear Professor Standaert elucidate upon the circulation of religious prints between China and Europe in the seventeenth century. As part of the celebrations for the 400th anniversary of Matteo Ricci’s death, this talk was an opportunity to learn about Ricci’s spirituality through the concept of displacement and the use of visual culture as a communication medium.
An elaborate world map formed the foundation of Professor Standaert’s presentation. In drawing this map, and other prints, Ricci and his collaborators created a space where the dialogue of...
It is a clear morning in Macerata—a small hillside town in Eastern Italy.
In Europe, one sees many...
In 1618, Fr. Johann Adam Schall von Bell, a brilliant young Jesuit scholar from Germany, set out for the mysterious and still little-known land of China. Following in the footsteps of his Jesuit missionary predecessor Matteo Ricci, Schall mastered the Chinese language and diligently adapted his lifestyle to Chinese culture. When Schall's talents in astronomy and mathematics attracted the attention of the Ming Dynasty Emperor, he was...
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