Ruiying Gao

PhD Candidate
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Ruiying is mostly interested in the significance of image in the production, dissemination, and consumption of empirical knowledge in pre-modern East Asia. Her dissertation investigates how materia medica images in Ming China were used for political, intellectual, and commercial agendas by different social groups. In addition to her specialty in Chinese painting,  Ruiying is no less passionate about Chinese bronze culture and Japanese ukiyo-e prints.

Fields of Study

Intersection of natural history and art history in East Asian pictorial art
Arts of Early China
Arts of Edo Japan


MA in Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University
BA in Art History, University of Hong Kong

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