Past Event
Art History
Monday, September 30
Dan Shan | Art History PhD Prospectus Presentation

About the Event

This dissertation will focus on a unique album created by Chinese professional workshops throughout the twelfth and fourteenth centuries. The album has passed through several generations of collectors and now resides in the Cleveland Museum of Art. With fifty leaves of finely executed ink drawings on paper, the Cleveland album is rare in the history of Chinese art and immensely rich in its stylistic and thematic repertory. Dedicated to studying the fifty drawings from the album, this dissertation aims to recognize the unique nature of drawing, to reconstruct the practice of design transfer between drawings and finished paintings, and ultimately to comment on the reception of drawing in a broad context.

Dan Shan studies medieval Chinese art, with focus on drawings and artistic practice. Her diverse trainings — through Archaeology (BA, Capital Normal University, Beijing), History (MA, Fudan University, Shanghai), and a minor in Northern Renaissance Art—have contributed to a wide range of approaches and interests. Dan worked as a Camfield Fellow in the Arts of Islamic World department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2018-2019). In July 2019, Dan was accepted into the Young Scholars’ Forum on Buddhist Studies held at the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO), Paris. Dan is a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia at the University of Tokyo, 2019-2020.

Prospectus presentations are meant to help the candidates, so please ask questions or offer suggestions that will help them improve their work. These events are especially edifying for graduate students who have not yet advanced to candidacy, as you can see what a prospectus presentation is like and learn what research other graduate students are pursuing.

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