College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art History

Department of
Art History

A cutting from the lower border of a manuscript (Johann Plaecsaert, artist)

Phillip Bloom

Phillip Bloom Assistant Professor, Department of Art History

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Ph.D., Harvard University, 2013
M.A., Harvard University 2009
B.A., Middlebury College, 2005

Research Interests

  • Chinese Buddhist art, particularly of the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties
  • Artistic and religious exchanges among the cultures of medieval East Asia
  • Theories of art and ritual

Selected Publications

  • “Ghosts in the Mists: The Visuals and the Visualized in Chinese Buddhist Art, ca. 1178,” The Art Bulletin 98, no. 3 (September 2016): 297-320.

  • Translation of Zhang Zong, "Buddhist Arts: A Survey of Sites, Paintings, and Iconography." In Modern Chinese Religion I: Song-Liao-Jin-Yuan (960-1368 AD). Ed. John Lagerwey and Pierre Marsone. 2:844-928. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2015.
  • Review of “Journey through Mountains and Rivers: Chinese Landscapes Ancient and Modern,” Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, 8 February 2013-28 April 2013. December 2013. <>
  • “Reflections on ‘Reflections of the Buddha’ and ‘Buddhist Art: Objects and Contexts’.” Archives of Asian Art 62 (2012): 81-90.
  • Six extended entries on Chinese, Korean, Mongolian, and Tibetan Buddhist artworks from the Harvard Art Museums. Reflections of the Buddha. St. Louis: Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, 2011. <>
  • Various translations in Chinese Contemporary Art: Primary Documents. Edited by Wu Hung and Peggy Wang. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2010. 8-10, 17-18, 79-82, 94-95, 97, 171-179, 252-254, 254-257, and 347-350.

Honors and Awards

  • SSRC/JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship (Short Term) for North American and European Researchers, AY 2013-2014
  • ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, AY 2012-2013
  • Chiang Ching-kuo (CCK) Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, AY 2012-2013
  • Doctoral Research Fellowship, Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies, AY 2010-2011
  • Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, Harvard University, AY 2009-2010
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grants, Summers 2007 and 2010

Department of Art History
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