Yi Zhao

PhD Candidate
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Yi Zhao specializes in Buddhist art and visual culture of the Northern and Southern Dynasties (ca. 3rd to 6th centuries) in China. He is particularly interested in the art related to the early Amitayus/Amitabha cult and representations of paradises in Buddhist visual culture of this time.

Fields of Study

Early and Medieval Chinese Buddhist Art and Architecture
Early Japanese Buddhist Art
Modern and Contemporary Japanese Art
Chinese Landscape and Literati Painting

Peer-reviewed Articles

Zhao, Yi. “Qinzhou Shrine: A New Perspective on the Regional Cult of Amitābha in Gansu and 

                 Shaanxi Area during the Northern Dynasties.”

                 Journal of Inner and Central Asian Art and Archaeology 4 (forthcoming in 2019)

Zhao, Yi.  “A Venerated Ghost: Social Life of the Snowy Stream attributed to Wang Wei.”

                 Meishu shi yu guannian shi 21, [eng. History of Art and History of Ideas],

                 (forthcoming in 2019)

Conference Presentations

2018. 2  “A Hell Built for the Living: A Research on the Hell Tableau at Baodingshan, Dazu.”

                presented at the 106th Annual Conference, College Art Association

2018. 4  “A Venerated Ghost: Social Life of the Snowy Stream attributed to Wang Wei.”

                presented at the 45th Annual Conference, Midwest Art History Society

2018. 10 “A Visual Manifesto of Japanese “Fine Art”: Takamura Kōtarō’s Self-portrait Photo.”

                presented at the 2018 University of Kansas History of Art Graduate Symposium

2018. 10 “Reevaluting Pure Land Belief with the Nine-Buddha-halo Shrines.”

                presented at the 67th Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs Annual Meeting 

2019. 2  “Dong Qichang’s Marketing and Construction Campaign of the Snowy Stream.”

                presented at the 2019 Harvard East Asia Society Annual Meeting

2019. 3  "A Path to Paradise: Reevaluating Pure Land Belief in the Northern Dyanstics with the Qinzhou Shrines."

                presented at the 229th American Oriental Society Annual Meeting, Chicago

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