Art and Design, Vol. 3, Issue 3, Sep  2020, Pages 34-43; DOI:

The Painting Heavenly Goddess in Macao Integrating the Images of the Chinese and Western Beliefs

Art and Design, Vol. 3, Issue 3, Sep  2020, Pages 34-43.


Suoqi Li 1*

1 The Institute for Social and Cultural Research, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macao, China

Received: 20 May 2020; Accepted: 16 July 2020; Published: 30 July 2020

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The painting Heavenly Goddess in Franciscans Church of Macao has replaced the stereotyped norm of Chinese sages and humanistic moral expression for Matsu with the traditional Chinese “symbolic” image of ancient beauty. Meanwhile, it has incorporated the Western image of Holy Son and the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus in its composition, thus fulfilling the transformation and combination of Chinese and Western core cultures with a new visual art form integrating the Chinese and Western features. The picture is a product of the multiple social civilizations in Macao, and as a “missionary picture”, it also contains obscure missionary strategies and subtle artistic conception, marking the impact on and deconstruction of the core concepts of traditional Chinese culture by western civilization. The painting is a typical and artistic record of a period of history of cultural exchanges between China and the West since modern times.


Macao, Matsu, Heavenly Goddess, Missionary Painting, Missionary Strategy, Cultural Exchange, Integrating the Chinese and Western Features


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