Art History Department

Wenyi Qian

Early Modern

Supervisor: Philip Sohm

Wenyi Qian is a PhD student in early modern Italian art, with a focus on the relationship between artistic practice and knowledge culture of the period. She holds a BA in History of Art with Material Studies and an MA in History of Art from University College London. Prior to entering the Graduate Department of Art at University of Toronto, she conducted curatorial research on early modern print culture and illustrated scientific books during an internship at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and worked as a convenor of academic programs at OCAT Institute, Beijing. This latter experience led to her interest in the history of the discipline, specifically German art history and its reception in China over the last century.

Areas of Academic Interest
  • Theory of image, genre, and medium in artistic literature
  • Knowledge and embodiment in artistic and artisanal practices
  • Early modern empiricism and materialist epistemology
  • Allegory as a mode of knowledge and representation
  • Interaction between print and object
  • Art historiography both in its European roots and cross-cultural receptions
  • MA (Distinction), History of Art, University College London
  • BA (First Class Honours), History of Art with Material Studies, University College London
Selected Publications
  • “Let the Picture Have its Word: Foucault and the Metapicture in the 1990s.” In World 3, edited by Huang Zhuan, 170–92. Beijing: Minzu yishu sheying chubanshe, 2017.

Recent Awards
  • 2018–23 Connaught International Scholarship for Doctoral Student, University of Toronto
  • 2015 Oxford Art Journal Dissertation Prize, University College London
  • 2014 Zilkha Prize, University College London

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