Marco Polo on the Silk Road

Marco Polo on the Silk Road
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In the XIII Century, Marco Polo, returning from his journey to China, started off a fruitful exchange between East and West which would go on through the XVI Century. The exhibition on display at the National Museum of China, offers a tribute to the Venetian traveller and, at the same time, offers a window on the Silk Road that connected the cosmopolitan China of the Yuan to Renaissance Italy. 200 manufactured goods from 24 Italian museums and 18 local museums help tell of two civilisations, the thousands-of-years-old China, reinvigorated by the dominion of Kublai Khan and that of the West, Italy, which, during the golden century of the Renaissance, rediscovered its ancient Greco-Roman roots, using them as the theoretical foundation for amplifying its artistic and literary production. Yesterday as today, that dialogue is to be rediscovered, not just to understand the influence it had on the art and literature of both societies, but, above all, looking towards the future to create a solid base upon which to relaunch such exchanges.
Arianna Papalia - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Beijing