The Miracles of Asia in the Eyes of Michael Boym
|Event Date/Time: May 05, 2009||End Date/Time: May 31, 2009|
The 16th and the 17th centuries were the period of the great geographical discoveries and many of European intellectuals became especially interested in the miracles of the West and East Indies, particularly in the Southeast Asia and China. It was at this time that Polish Jesuit Michael Boym was sent by the Jesuit Order to China, where he started to study Chinese Medicine and pharmacy. He wrote several books and among them the earliest European work on Chinese plants (Flora Sinensis), the bilingual (Chinese-Latin) Atlas of China and pioneering work on the Chinese Medicine. Unfortunately, most of his works remained in manuscripts or were dispersed through anonymous publishing or under the names of later compilers and plagiarists. The exhibition shows reconstruction of the most of his colour drawings made between 1644-1658.
Admission is free.
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