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Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour

Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore


‘Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour’ presents fascinating and beautiful objects that are the result of the spread of the Christian faith across Asia. This is the first, large-scale exhibition in the world dedicated to the theme of Christianity in Asia. Many of the objects were made by artists who were not themselves Christian, and some of the patrons for this art were not Christian either. Read more.

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Reliquary casket of Saint Francis Xavier (c. 1686–90), India, Goa. Museu de São Roque, Lisbon

The Virgin MaryPhilippines, Manila; decorated in Mexico, mid-17th century

The Virgin Mary (mid-17th century), Philippines, Manila; decorated in Mexico. Asian Civilisations Museum

Shrine with a painting of Holy Family with John the Baptist

Shrine with a painting of Holy Family with John the Baptist (late 16th century), Japan. Fundação Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva – Museu de Artes Decorativas Portuguesas


Portrait of Matteo Ricci

Portrait of Matteo Ricci (1610), Emmanuele Pereira. Patrimonio del Fondo Edifici di Culto, amministrato dal Ministero dell’Interno, on loan to Chiesa del SS. Nome di Gesù, Rome

Virgin and Child crowned by angels (c. 1620–50), China. Private Collection

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