Fra Roma e Lisbona al servizio della Compagnia di Gesù: gli arredi tessili cinesi del Museo di San Rocco (Museu de São Roque)

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The Museum of Sao Roque in Lisbon – formerly the Jesuit professed house in Portugal and the earliest Jesuit church in the Portuguese world founded immediately after the one of Rome – contains an important collection of oriental art comprised of objects originating from India, the near East, China and Japan. Among these, the nucleus of Chinese textiles of the museum is paradigmatic with samples that are representative of Chinese embroideries, woven and painted for the Portuguese export market. Though limited to a small collection of pieces dated to between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, these are a good sample of a significant number of Chinese ornaments that subsist in Portuguese churches, as in the example of Sao Roque church.
The survival of these textiles speak to the relevance of the Company of Jesus as one of the most important and reliable consumers of Chinese textiles in Portugal. They also reveal the motivations that led to their display in the sacral decorative options of Portuguese Jesuit churches during the early modern period, specifically dedicated to the exaltation and projection of Jesuit missionaries and the order's founders
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)461-468
Number of pages8
JournalArte Cristiana
Issue number897
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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