MRI Public Forum | A Friend and a Diplomat. Francesco Sambiasi in China (1610-1649)



The Macau Ricci Institute is hosting the Public Forum “A Friend and a Diplomat. Francesco Sambiasi in China (1610-1649)” on Sep 15.


Francesco Sambiasi (毕方济, 1582, Cosenza-1649, Guangzhou) arrived in Macau in 1610 and later journeyed to the main cities of the Middle Kingdom. He established a close connection with Xu Guangqi (徐光启, 1562-1633), who provided him refuge during the time of persecutions against Christians. During the 17th century, the generation of Jesuits who followed Matteo Ricci continued to work both among the elite and the lower classes trying to aid converts to build a truly Chinese Catholic church. To this aim, Sambiasi shared the political and existential drama of his friends on a stage of social chaos. Hence, he found himself at the intersection of relations with nonconformist men and women— such as the writer Fang Yizhi (方以智, 1611-1671) — who were affected by grief for an age of discouraging politics. In witnessing the collapse of the Ming, Sambiasi envisioned a potential future for local Catholics and for the Society of Jesus to serve the country during tumultuous times.


Francesco Vossilla is an Art Historian based in Florence (Italy). He has PhD in History of Architecture from the Università di Firenze. A member of the board and President of the Società di Studi Giuseppe Castiglione S.J.-Lang Shining, named after the great Jesuit artist in China and founded in 2014. A member of the Macau Ricci Institute. He is mostly teaching classes for Gonzaga University in Florence. Professor Francesco Vossilla has published mostly on Renaissance philosophy of Art, Renaissance sculpture, Renaissance ceramics and the history of Italian museums. He has focused his most recent books and articles on Michelangelo as well as on Giuseppe Castiglione SJ.


Date: Friday, 15 September 2023
Time: 6.30 PM – 8.30 PM (GMT +8, Macau time)
Location: Classroom 102, University of Saint Joseph Macao, Estrada Marginal da Ilha Verde, 14-17 


Deadline of registration: 14 September 2023

*For online participants, we will send you a confirmation email and ZOOM ACCESS LINK after your registration.

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