本文中文稿，请见《美术观察》,2014年第11期。 For the Chinese version of this essay, see Art Observation, No. 11, 2014.
The art of the Italian Renaissance comes through as a dazzling golden beam inspiring many artists. Its glories and accomplishments are lauded by all to this day around the world. It is in fact rather hard to ascertain the point when Italian Renaissance art became so lionized by the Chinese, or in other words, when the Chinese started to experience the art with emotion, through their own eyes. In the end, unlike other objects, art needs to be experienced in person; only this experience could provide the basis for further understanding. Hence, it is necessary to look back at the time when the Chinese started to voyage far abroad to Europe, to survey the first impressions and reflections when experiencing Italian Renaissance art. As a collection of motley readings, this essay has no intent of being comprehensive; rather, the object of discussion focuses the selection of important texts from 1877 to 1910.