Meng Zhao


Meng is a PhD candidate studying Chinese art with a particular focus on painting practice of the middle period (ca. 800-1400). Her doctoral dissertation, “Roaming, Listening, Gazing: Human Presence Onstage in Song-Yuan Landscape Art (960-1368),” investigates the related ways in which major landscapists from the end of the eleventh century to the fourteenth century turned their attention to the portrayal of human presence and responded in various efforts to the psychological dimension of the multi-layered figure-landscape relationship during the Song-Yuan period. Meng is also interested in pictorial representation of beautiful women and its relation to synesthesia and the mingling of senses, the imagination and depiction of dreams in the mid- and late Ming Dynasty, and the eighteenth-century eccentric painters.