Still around France on a buying trip and just bought a very unusual Chinese painting of Christ. Notice the stylized clouds in the background similar to the ones found on porcelains and bronzes, also the eyes are very Chinese in style very much like the classic Chinese paintings depicting Europeans from the 18thc.
Christianity in China appeared in the 7th century, during the Tang dynasty, but did not take root until it was reintroduced in the 16th century by Jesuit missionaries. Although its lineage in China is not as ancient as Taoism, Mahayana Buddhism or Confucianism, Christianity, through various ways, has been present in China since at least the 7th century and has gained significant influence during the last 200 years. READ MORE