How did a young Jesuit missionary born in Italy end up in 1700s Imperial China as artist to three emperors? The story of Giuseppe Castiglione is one of passion, conviction, and creativity; and his journey has left a long-lasting impact in China and beyond. Father Jerry Martinson, executive producer of the film, has encountered similar challenges in his 48 years in Taiwan and China. Father Martinson relates his personal experiences in a cross-cultural dialogue with insights into the inner-workings of China in the 18th century and now. This film complements the Forbidden City special exhibition, which includes several of Castiglione’s works, as well as the family event ChinaFest! the following day.
Co-Sponsored by The Rose Group for Cross-Cultural Understanding