(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2009)

Document title

Francesco Sambiasi, a missing link in European map making in China ?

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

HEIRMAN A. (1) ; DE TROIA P. (2) ; PARMENTIER J. (1) ;
(1) Université de Gent, Gent, BELGIQUE
(2) Università La Sapienza, Roma, ITALIE


When the Jesuit missionaries began to work in China, they attracted the attention of the Chinese by introducing European knowledge. This is the context in which Jesuits such as Matteo Ricci, Giulio Aleni, Francesco Sambiasi and Ferdinand Verbiest made their Chinese-language world maps. Sambiasi was a man of many talents. He was a tactful diplomat and a learned scientist. His world map shows him to be a skilful adapter of earlier knowledge, which he passed on to future generations. The six known copies of his map are in two versions, printed from two sets of wood blocks (c. 1639). A text at the top of one version explains why the world must be seen as a sphere, which demonstrates how these maps were meant to convince the Chinese public of European scientific findings


Article of periodic

published at : Imago mundi / ISSN 1479-7801

Editor : Routledge, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1935)

Millesime : 2009, vol. 61, no1 [pp. 1-21]

Bibliographic references : 63 ref.

Collation : fig., tabl., cartes




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