Faculty: Paola Demattè

Biography

Paola Demattè is Professor of Chinese Art and Archaeology in the History of Art and Visual Culture at Rhode Island School of Design. She holds a Laurea in Chinese Language and Literature from the Università degli Studi di Venezia and a Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has written on the origins of Chinese writing, pre-dynastic urbanism, archaic jades and funerary art and on Jesuits’ activities in China. Prof. Demattè has also curated an exhibition at the Getty Center and co-authored an award-winning volume on Sino-European exchanges in the 16th through the 19th centuries (China on Paper, Getty Publications 2007).

Academic Research/Areas of Interest

Dr. Paola Demattè specializes in the Neolithic and Bronze Age archaeology of China, prehistoric art and East-West contacts and exchanges.

Photo at right: "Prof. Demattè with the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei"

Paola Demattè

Paola Dematte

Professor
pdematte@risd.edu
401-454-6267

  • LAUR, Universita Degli Studi Di Venezia
  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles
  • PHD, University of California, Los Angeles

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Courses
  • HAVC-H584
    ART OF ANCIENT CHINA
  • HAVC-H101
    HISTORY OF ART & VISUAL CULTURE 1
  • HAVC-H465
    SEM: BUDDHIST ART
  • GRAD-750G
    SEM: OPEN SEM IN HAVC
  • HAVC-H750
    SEM: OPEN SEM IN HAVC

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