Art History Department

Purtle, Jenny (裴珍妮) MA, PhD

Associate Professor, Chinese & East Asian Art (UT St. George)


My research focuses on the cultural geography of Chinese artistic production from the Six Dynasties to the present. This research takes two forms. I study the artistic landscape of China, especially that of China’s Fujian province, principally engaging questions of local and regional production of art and objects and their relation to artistic production within Chinese empires. As a complement to my work on the artistic landscape of China, I also research the premodern circulation of art objects through and beyond the borders of Chinese empires, especially in contexts of the Great Mongol Empire and the medieval world system. Currently I am working on a project that traces the intersection of local and global art history in Fujian during the Song and Yuan dynasties. A concurrent collaborative project with colleagues from the UofT and the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art also addresses global and postglobal perspectives on medieval art and art history.


Areas of Academic Interest
  • History of Chinese and Mongolian Art
  • Geography of Artistic Production
  • Ph.D Yale University
Selected Publications
  • Forms of Cosmopolitanism in the Sino-Mongol City, book-length manuscript in progress.

  • Peripheral Vision: Fujian Painting in Chinese Empires, 909-1646, University of Hawai’i Press, forthcoming 2016.

  • Looking Modern: East Asian Visual Culture from the Treaty Ports to World War II, (co-editor, with Hans Thomsen, University of Zürich), Art Media Resources for the Center for the Arts of East Asia, The University of Chicago, 2009. (360 pages)

  • “The Pictorial Form of a Zoomorphic Ecology: Dragons and their Painters in Song and Southern Song China,” in The Chinese Zoomorphic Imagination, Jerome Silbergeld and Eugene Wang, editors, University of Hawai’i Press, in production.

  • “China fabrizieren: Textile Chinoiserien aus St. Gallen,” Kirschblüte und Edelweiss: Der Import des Exotischen, Michaela Reichel and Hans Thomsen, editors, St. Gallen: Textilmuseum St. Gallen, 2014: 56-92 (with Ryan Whyte, co-author).

  • “The Far Side: Expatriate Medieval Art and Its Languages in Sino-Mongol China,” Medieval Encounters 1-2 (2011): 167-197.

  • “The Icon of the Woman Artist: Guan Daosheng (1262-1319) and the Painting of Female Power at the Ming Court circa 1520,” The Blackwell Companion to Asian Art, Rebecca Brown and Deborah Hutton, editors, Blackwell Publishing, 2011: 290-317.

  • “Scopic Frames: Devices for Seeing China circa 1640,” Art History 1 (2010): 54-73.

  • “Whose Hobbyhorse,” introduction for James Elkins, Why Chinese Landscape Painting is Western Art History, Hong Kong University Press, 2010: ix-xix.

Recent Awards
  • Principal Investigator, “Global and Postglobal Perspectives on Medieval Art and Art History,” Connecting Art Histories Initiative, Getty Foundation, 2014-2017.
  • Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2011-2012.
  • Visiting Scholar, Getty Research Institute, 2009.

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