Professor of Art History
Wen-Shing Chou specializes in art of China and the Himalayas. Her research focuses on representations of religious vision, the relationship between religion and empiricism in early modern visuality, and the intersection of sacred biography and cartography in Buddhist traditions. She is currently completing a book on the visionary landscape of the sacred mountain range of Wutai Shan in northern China within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It explores the shifting dynamics of the Wutai Shan as a geographical, mental, visual, and visionary pilgrimage destination by analyzing religious maps, cosmological depictions, travel narratives, and architectural replicas of Wutai Shan from the eighteenth century onward. Her research has been supported by the Ittleson Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, and a research grant from the Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies, Kyoto. Her articles have appeared in The Art Bulletin, the Journal of Asian Studies, and the Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies.