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6 March Mar 2017 1830 9 months ago

Cathedral School, reflections on spirituality in the unexplored world of Tibet

Monday 6 March at 6:30pm, a discussion with Giuliano Boccali and Chiara Bellini on the prestigious documentation of Orientalist Giuseppe Tucci's scientific studies and expeditions in Tibet

Monday 6 March 2017
Chiesa di San Gottardo in Corte

(Via Pecorari, 2 - Milan)

Mons. Gianantonio Borgonovo, Archbishop of the Duomo di Milano
Giuliano Boccali, Professor of Indology and the Language and Literature of Sanskrit - University of Milan
Chiara Bellini, Researcher in Tibetology and Himalayan Art History - University of Bologna

Presented and moderated by
Armando Torno

Free admission with reservation via e-mail to:
or by calling 0272080766 – ext. 208

The Cathedral School, presided over by Mons. Gianantonio Borgonovo, Dean of the Duomo di Milano, presents an exceptional event which explores the relationship between spirituality and religion in one of the least accessible places in the world: Tibet.

The inspiration for this event was the very recent publication, in February 2017, of the most important and prestigious Italian work in the field of Eastern studies, Indo-Tibetica by Giuseppe Tucci (1894-1984), Tibetologist, explorer, religious historian, and scientist, a reference point for scholars of the Orient around the world (in five volumes for a total of eight tomes from the "Traditions" series, Luni Editrice, Milan, 2017, totalling approximately 2,000 pages).

This extraordinary and incredibly rare documentation, the product of scientific expeditions conducted by Tucci himself between the end of the 1920s and 1930s, is considered a monument dedicated to Tibetan art, sculpture and temples, in a colossal editorial undertaking which unveils a world that is completely unknown to us in the West, and not only to Tibetan scholars and Indologists.

This work has been missing in the market and in the Italian editorial landscape since it first appeared:the few copies present in Italian libraries, as well as the incredibly rare copies found in the antique books market and the almost total absence of the complete work in the private libraries of scholars, have given it an almost legendary reputation. The complete republication of the seven tomes as they appeared in the original edition (which became eight due to the addition of a volume for the large figures and charts), copying the pages in exactly the same format and with the same lead characters, without altering its beauty in any way, was conceived in order to make this masterpiece of 20th century Italian culture available to everyone. The photographs that appear in the text were taken during Tucci's expeditions with the sole purpose of documenting the temples, the statues, and the objects that he found before him. Even the paper used for this edition is almost identical to that used during Tucci's lifetime. The editor chose not to use coated paper for the photographs so as not to detract from the beauty of the images of such ancient and marvellous temples.

The event, presented and coordinated by Armando Torno, will take place Monday 6 March 2017 at 6:30pm in the Chiesa di San Gottardo in Corte (Via Pecorari, 2 - Milan) and will see the participation of Mons. Gianantonio Borgonovo, Giuliano Boccali (Professor of Indology and the Language and Literature of Sanskrit at the University of Milan for over forty years, and previously of the same subject and of Indian Religion and Philosophy at Venice's Ca’ Foscari University), and Chiara Bellini (Researcher in Tibetology and Himalayan Art History at the University of Bologna).

Free admission with reservation via e-mail to: 
or by phone to 0 72080766 – ext. 208

For further information, please contact:
Cathedral School
Via Carlo Maria Martini, 1 - 20122 Milan
Tel. 027208 766 – ext. 208