Gentiloni Painting: Macao, late 18th century

Hong Kong Maritime Museum

Hong Kong Maritime Museum
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

The painting is dated by the wall of St Joseph’s convent to post-1760. Other elements suggest an intention to portray a Macau of an earlier date.


  • Title: Gentiloni Painting: Macao, late 18th century
  • Location Created: China
  • Physical Dimensions: 83.5 x 170.5 x 2.8 cm (framed)
  • Provenance: Previously owned by the direct descendant of Camillo de Rossi, antiquarian and diplomat. De Rossi purchased the panels in Rio de Janeiro in 1807 or 1809.
  • Transcript:
    Left bottom corner in Portuguese 'Macao' A 19th century manuscript note in Italian on the reverse of the panel. English translation: 'Cav. Camillo de Rossi, grandfather of the Marchesa Natalia de Rossi in Farraioli, bought the views of the four Chinese ports in the city of Rio de Janeiro. He found himself in Brazil as Secretary under the Papal legation to King John VI of Braganza, probably in 1807, when the King had left Portugal which was then occupied by the French.'
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  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: ©Hong Kong Maritime Museum
  • Medium: Watercolour and gouache on paper
  • object id: HKMM2010.0031.0001

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