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PAINTER AND PATRON
THE MARITIME SILK ROAD
IN THE CÓDICE CASANATENSE
by Peter Gordon & Juan José Morales
The Códice Casanatense is a 16th-century Indo-Portuguese collection watercolours held in the Biblioteca Casanatense in Rome. It has never been discussed in detail for the general reader. Painted by an Indian artist, and annotated in Portuguese, the illustrations are a contemporaneous Asian view of the peoples, costumes and customs of a region extending from Africa to China. This region, crossed by Portuguese explorers and traders, maps on what is now commonly called the Maritime Silk Road.
Lively and evocative, the illustrations of the Códice Casanatense provide a human window into a world in which Asia dominated and that Europeans were only just entering.