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Lothar Ledderose, Prof. Dr.

Lothar Ledderose, Prof. Dr.


  • Professor of East Asian Art History, Heidelberg University
  • Principal Investigator

Contact information

Institute of East Asian Art History
Seminarstraße 4
Room 217
69117 Heidelberg

+49 (0) 6221 54 2350


Curriculum vitae

2000-2001: Scholar, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
1998: Mellon Lecturer, National Gallery, Washington D.C.
1997: Guest Professor, Taiwan National University

Guest Professor, Kyoto University
1996: Guest Professor, University of Chicago
since 1996: Corresponding Fellow, British Academy
1994: Murphy Lecturer, University of Kansas
1992: Slade Professor, Cambridge University
1990–1996: Vice president, German Oriental Society
1986: President, Intern. Congress of Asian and North-African Studies (ICANAS)
1984-1990: President, German Oriental Society
since 1984: Corresponding Member, German Archaeological Institute
1978-1984: Vice president, German Oriental Society
1978: Dean, Faculty of Philosophy and History, University of Heidelberg
since 1976: Chair, History of East Asian art, University of Heidelberg
1976: Habilitation, University of Cologne
1975-1976: Research Position, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin
1973-1975: Research Fellow, Institute for Oriental Culture, Tokyo University
1971-1972: Translator, National Palace Museum, Taipei
1969-1971: Postdoctoral studies in Princeton and Harvard

Selected publications


Ten Thousand Things. Module and Mass Production in Chinese Art, Princeton: Princeton University Press 2000 (Paperback edition 2001; Chinese translation 2005).

Orchideen und Felsen. Chinesische Bilder im Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst Berlin, Berlin: Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz 1998.

Mi Fu and the Classical Tradition of Chinese Calligraphy, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1979.

Edited books

Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm. Co-editor since vol. 72 (2000).

Guoli Taiwan daxue [National-Universität Taiwan], Meishushi yanjiu jikan [Vierteljahreszeitschrift für kunstgeschichtliche Forschungen]. Co-editor since vol. 6 (1999.3).

Arts Asiatiques, Annales du musée national des Arts asiatiques – Guimet et du musée Cernuschi, Paris. Membre du Comité de rédaction depuis tome 54 (1999).


“Carving Sutras into Stone before the Catastrophe. The inscription of 1118 at Cloud Dwelling Monastery near Beijing”, in: Proceedings of the British Academy 125 (2005), 381–454.

“Thunder Sound Cave, Leiyindong”, in: Wu Hong (ed.): Han Tang zhijian de shijue wenhua yu wuzhi wenhua. Between Han and Tang. Visual and Material Culture in a Transformative Period, Beijing 2003, 235–265.

“Aesthetic appropriation of ancient Chinese calligraphy in modern China”, in: Maxwell K. Hearn and Judtih G. Smith (eds.): Chinese Art. Modern Expressions, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2001, 212–245.

“Calligraphy at the Close of the Chinese Empire”, in: Juhsi Chou (ed.): Art at the Close of China’s Empire, Arizona: Arizona State University Press 1998, 189–207 (Phoebus Occasional Papers in Art History, 8).

“Changing the Audience. A Pivotal Period in the Great Sutra Carving Project at Cloud Dwelling Monastery near Beijing”, in: John Lagerwey (ed.): Religion and Chinese Society, Vol. 1: Ancient and Medieval China, Hong Kong / Paris: Chinese University Press 2004, 385–409; Forum 2001, 455–456.

“Kreativität und Schrift in China”, in: Heidelberger Jahrbücher 44 (2000), 189–204.

“Die Magische Armee des Ersten Kaisers. The Magic Army of the First Emperor. You moli de Qin Shihuang dajun”, in: Catharina Blänsdorf, Erwin Emmerling and Michael Petzet (eds.): Die Terrakottaarmee des ersten chinesischen Kaisers Qin Shihuang, The Terracotta Army of the First Chinese Emperor, München: Bayrisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege 2001, 273–306 Arbeitshefte des Bayrischen Landesamtes für Denkmalpflege, 83).

“Shinpojiumu he no komento [Kommentar zum Symposium 9]”, in: Sato Naoki, Kurisutofu Gaisumâru-Burandi [Christoph Geissmar Brandi] and Irumera Hijiya-Kirushuneraito [Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit] (eds.): Hifu no sozoryoku. The Faces of Skin, Tokyo: Kokuritsu Seiyo bijutsukan 2001, 136–138.

Further Information

Profile at the Institute of East Asian Art History, Heidelberg University