Ars Orientalis Issue 50

collage of images of an animation still, a gilded Buddhist sculpture, a man in white garment and turban, and a 3D reconstruction of an interior of hall with multiple Buddhist sculptures

In celebration of our fiftieth volume, the 2020 edition of Ars Orientalis explores transformations—of a representation into a divine manifestation, of art history in an increasingly digital era—through an expanded double issue.

Considering miraculous images across Asia, seven articles reveal the variety of sacred icons and their active and diverse roles in mediating spiritual relationships. The authors delve into the complexity of textual traditions and the complicated question of duplication. These articles, guest edited by Dorothy Wong, are drawn from two workshops held in March 2018.

The expanded Digital Initiatives section in the online version of volume 50 departs from the traditional review format by presenting six peer-reviewed explorations into the ways in which digital tools allow for new approaches to studying, interpreting, and exhibiting Chinese Buddhist art and architecture. Guest edited by Di Luo, these articles show how the application of digital technologies can both advance art-historical inquiry and introduce new methodological concerns.



    Massumeh Farhad
    Nancy Micklewright


    Qianshen Bai
    Kevin Carr
    Christiane Gruber
    Carol Huh
    Simon Rettig
    Haicheng Wang


    Sana Mirza


    Melanie B. D. Klein (Digital Initiatives)
    Janet Rauscher


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    University of Michigan Publishing


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