Julia Orell

PhD (Chicago)
MA (Frankfurt)

Julia Orell is a historian of Chinese art, specializing in landscape painting of the Song and Yuan dynasties (tenth to fourteenth centuries). She received her PhD from the University of Chicago, has taught at the University of Zurich (Switzerland), and held postdoctoral fellowships at the Getty Research Institute and Academia Sinica (Taiwan).

Orell’s primary area of research in Chinese landscape painting focuses on the construction of place, site, region, and empire in painting and other visual media, on art and the production of knowledge, cultural and historical geography, and the history of cartography. Her book manuscript in progress, tentatively titled Landscape Painting and Geographical Knowledge in Song China, re-evaluates landscape painting by positing it as an active participant in geographical discourse and examines its interaction with other visual and textual practices in processes of knowledge formation.

Orell’s second area of research addresses the formation of East Asian art history as an academic discipline in the German-speaking parts of Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It explores the challenges East Asian art presented to art historical methodologies and presents a historiographical perspective to the debate about global art history.

Courses

Winter 2018

ARTH101 Ways of Seeing: Introduction to Visual Studies Sections

Drawing on examples from across history and around the world, this course deals with the role of the visual in society, culture, and everyday experience.

Winter 2018

ARTH360 Chinese Painting: Word and Image Sections

Analyses visual narratives and relationships between painting, calligraphy, and poetry in court and literati painting.

Winter 2018

ARTH358 Chinese Art for the Afterlife Sections

Close analyses of Chinese tomb objects and tombs as spatial constructs in their historical, ritual, and social context.

Winter 2018

ARTH551A Studies in Chinese Art - CHN ART Sections