Scientific Analysis of Asian Art Objects
by Denise Leidy, Ruth and Bruce Dayton Curator for Asian Art, Yale University Art Gallery
Denise Patry Leidy, who received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University, is the Ruth and Bruce Dayton Curator for Asian Art. Prior to joining Yale, she served as the Brooke Russell Astor Curator for Chinese Art (emerita) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and was also a curator at both The Asia Society and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A prolific author, her publication include include How to Read Chinese Ceramics (2015), Silla: Korea’s Golden Kingdom (edited with Soyoung Lee, 2013), Wisdom Embodied: Chinese Buddhist and Daoist Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (with Donna Strahan, 2010), The Art of Buddhism: An Introduction to Its History and Meaning (2009), Mother-of-Pearl: A Tradition in Asian Lacquer (2006), Mandala: The Sacred Architecture of Enlightenment (1997) and Treasures of Asian Art: The Asia Society’ Mr. and Mrs. John d. Rockefeller Collection (1994).
Image: Buddha, probably Amitabha. China, Tang dynasty, early 7th century. Hollow-core lacquer with pigments and gilding. H. 38 in. Rogers Funds, 1919, (19.186). Photo courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art