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Dorothy Wong

Associate Professor

Phone: 434-243-8650
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PO Box 400130
Department of Art
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4130

Research Interests

Associate Professor Dorothy Wong received her Ph.D. in the History of Art, with a specialization in Chinese Art from Harvard University. Specializing in Buddhist art of medieval China, Dorothy Wong’s research addresses topics of art in relation to religion and society, and of the relationship between religious texts/doctrine and visual representations. In addition to Chinese Steles: Pre-Buddhist and Buddhist Use of a Symbolic Form (2004) and Hōryūji Reconsidered (editor and contributing author, 2008), she has written articles on topics that from pilgrims’ maps to devotional arts, deity cults, pure land paintings, gender and ethnicity in Buddhist patronage, cults of saints in Asian traditions, and images of Buddhist cosmographies. Her recent research focuses on the transmission and transformation of Buddhist art forms from China (and India) to Korea and Japan in the seventh and eighth centuries. As a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia, she is working on a digital project entitled: “Silk Road: The Path of Transmission of Avalokiteśvara” (

AREAS OF RESEARCH INTEREST Buddhist art of medieval China (4th - 10th century), issues of art in relation to religion and society, ritual theory, gender studies, ethnicity studies, sacred biography, Buddhist cosmographies, theory of the icon.


  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), International Christian University
  • Master of Arts (MA), The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Harvard University