ARB-related events

bookfairAt the 2020 Hong Kong Book Fair, events supported by the Italian Cultural Institute and Consulate General of Italy


Friday, 17 July, 6:00pm, Room S222-223 (Before entrance to Book Fair)

Painter and Patron: Illustrations of the Maritime Silk Road in 16th century Códice Casanatense

Painter and PatronAmong the thousands of centuries-old books in Rome’s famed Biblioteca Casanatense is an album of 76 striking watercolours. Painted by an Indian painter around 1540 in Goa for an unknown Portuguese patron, the Códice Casanatense contains illustrations of daily scenes, professions and religious ceremonies, as well as the peoples of what is now known as the Maritime Silk Road. Painter & Patron is the first English-language book dedicated to this remarkable and unique document. Hidden within are hints to a personal story: a marriage between a former Portuguese soldier and a local woman, a man who rose to become an affluent merchant with connections from Africa to China. Including dozens of these intriguing illustrations, the presentation introduces the Codex and opens the door on the fascinating world of Asia in the 16th century, when Europe and Asia were first in extended contact. Free with registration

Sunday, 19 July, 3:30pm (Cultural Event Stage Program: Hall 1A Concourse)

Books and Opera

Opera is a unique art form in that it combines words, story, music and movement in a single performance, a combination that has proven inspiring and uplifting for four centuries. This session will discuss the interaction between the worlds of opera and literature: not just these particular books about opera, but also the way books and literature have acted as inspiration for opera, and how opera has inspired books. No registration required.


Marco Iannelli, musician and composer, and author of The Cassandra Case about the Italian composer Gnecchi

Philip Eisenbeiss, author of Bel Canto Bully: The Life and Times of the Legendary Opera Impresario Domenico Barbaja

Etta Fung, soprano

Moderated by: Peter Gordon, publisher of Journey to the West ~ He Hui: a Chinese soprano in the world of Italian opera