Abstract: The Graduate Institute of Art History, previously the Program in Chinese Art History of the Graduate Institute of History, was established in 1989. The institute has had both clear and constant aims for its development, focusing mainly on Chinese art while slowly expanding its field of scholarship to include other aspects of Asian art.The fact that the graduate institute is primarily concerned with Chinese art makes it strikingly different from art departments at other elsewhere in Taiwan. These institutions invariably include studies of other disciplines such as western art history, art creation, music, art criticism, and architecture in their curriculum. For this reason, the Graduate Institute of Art History at Taiwan University is unique in Taiwan with respect to both its academic focus and development aims.Furthermore, professors at the graduate institute are more than just specialists. Over the past few years, they have begun exciting work in their respective fields, using a unique Asian viewpoint to address issues in a variety of academic disciplines. This perspective can be used to place Chinese art history within the framework of Asian art history as a whole. A similar strategy can also be used more broadly, analyzing how the exchange of ideas and artistic influences between different countries contributes to the development of art. And yet, this limited perspective is also the greatest weakness of Chinese scholars.Art historians in Europe and the United States, however, have a different perspective with its own inherent weakness. With the exception of a few truly exceptional scholars, the vast majority of western young Chinese art historians have a broad viewpoint that is, unfortunately, too shallow. Most western scholars lack a thorough knowledge of connoisseurship. In contrast, professors at the graduate institute have extensive museum experience and can accurately assess whether a specific piece of art is real or, in fact, a forgery or reproduction. Expertise in the connoisseurship of Chinese art is the distinguishing feature of the institute. Accurate dating and analysis of Chinese artwork allows for detailed comparisons with other works of Asian art. This ability to place Chinese art within the broader framework of Asian art history is the foremost strength of the department; continued research to resolve problems within this field remains the most important goal of the Graduate Institute of Art History at Taiwan University.
Chinese Art History
Asian Art History