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Discovered in the Vatican Library, a folder of papers, written in Chinese and belonging to the Italian painter and Jesuit missionary Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766), contains a very special collection of essays by one Yang Mingbin (circa 1664-1765). Yang, a friend of Castiglione and a fellow court painter at the royal court in Beijing, wrote these texts in a transitional period...

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