Paola Dematte

Paola Demattè is Professor of Chinese Art and Archaeology in the History of Art and Visual Culture department 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

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

Fall 2017 Courses

  • HAVC-H101-03 History Of Art & Visual Culture 1
  • HAVC-H101-04 History Of Art & Visual Culture 1
  • HAVC-C632-01 Sem: Ancient Chinese Art/archaeology
  • HPSS-C632-01 Sem:ancient Chinese Art&archa Ancient Chinese Art & Archaelogy
  • Paola Dematte's CV
  • LAUR, Universita Degli Studi Di Venezia
  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles
  • PHD, University of California, Los Angeles


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