Statue of Matteo Ricci / Maquette presentation ceremony
Cecco Bonanotte


The maquette of the statue of Matteo Ricci, the monument Cecco Bonanotte is at work on, was presented to the Pope May 30th, 2010.


Matteo Ricci was a Christian missionary to China, as Francisco de Xavier to Japan. He brought in not only Christianity but also a world map that hadn’t existed in China until then, and it made a major impact on the perspective of the world of Chinese people. The map was also imported to Japan that was in the period of national isolation, and gave Japanese people a shock too. It was also the first and memorable world map for Japan.


In celebration of the 400th anniversary of his death, Cecco Bonanotte is producing a monument that is 3.5 meters high and 7 meters wide. It is going to be installed in Macerata in Italy, the hometown of Matteo Ricci, and in Beijing where he passed away.