Giuseppe Castiglione Lang Shining New Media Art Exhibition, Exhibition Place:Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence, Italy, Period:2015/10/31~2016/1/31

National Treasure under the Spotlight: A Documentary and Animations

Animation: Adventures of the Mythical Creatures at the National Palace Museum

Length: 27 minutes

Bang! Something's happening in the world of the"Great Universal Map". Animals in it are running wild. What happened to these exotic animals? The call of the ancient map guides the animals drawn by Castiglione to an exciting adventure. The brave dogs from Ten Fine Hounds, and Long-haired Dog Beneath Blossoms, the lemur from Cochin Lemur and the deer from Auspicious Roe Deer, gathered the Ten Fine Hounds to work together to overcome obstacles they also learned to appreciate the spirit of Castiglione's art that combines Chinese and European techniques. This is the National Palace Museum's first 4K animation. Here we have gathered Taiwan's best animators to present Castiglione's art to the fullest under 4K resolution.


The National Palace Museum、Liu Yu-Shu

Animation Production

The White Rabbit Entertainment, Inc., Animaze Studio

Castiglione's Road to China

This video brings the audience to witness various chapters in Castiglione’s life 300 years ago to increase their understanding to his life and art.

It introduces Castiglione's birthplace, Milan, cities that he had visited, Genoa and Coimbra, his journey from Lisbon to China, and the places that he had visited in Beijing.


Victoria Lu、Institute for Information Industry

Documenting Victory in Etching: A Documentary about Giuseppe Castiglione's Art and Emperor's Victorious Engravings

Length: 35 minutes

The National Palace Museum presents to the public Victory in the Pacification of Dzungars and Muslims, a series of copperplate prints originally drafted by several court artists including Castiglione and engraved in Paris. The curatorial team examined historical records and visited many countries to reconstruct the historical situation where these engravings were produced and created this documentary in 4K high-resolution film. The documentary invites Shen Chunhua, Best TV News Anchor and Golden Bell Award winner, to recount Emperor Qianlong's military victory in the northwest and the story behind the production of the engraving in France, together with the copperplate engraving method. The production team went to Europe to look at the prints housed in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, original copperplates housed in the Ethnologisches Museum, Germany, and even went to filmed the engraving techniques at a printing workshop. Combined with artifacts from the collections of the National Palace Museum and other cultural institutions, this documentary unfolds the story of the greatest art creation project of the 18th century between China and Europe.