Jean-Baptiste Du Halde, S.J.. Texts by Mario Bussagli
1980 / 108 PAGES
This volume on the ancient, traditional Chinese art of silk manufacturing includes twenty-three miniatures dating back to the 18th-century Celestial Empire.
The aim of the exquisite illustrations collected in this volume, accompanied by a text by Jean-Baptiste Du Halde taken from Description de l'empire de la Chine (1736) was – and still is – to show the educated gentlemen interested in mechanical arts the various phases in the creation of the noblest of fabrics.
«L’anima di questo ambiente naturale luminoso e allegro sono le gracidanti cicale – le cicale descritte da Anacreonte… non amano che cantare, ignorano la sofferenza, sono quasi simili agli dei.»