Julia K. Murray

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Professor Emeritus

Email: jmurray@wisc.edu


B.A., M.A. Yale University, 1974
M.A. Princeton University, 1977
Ph.D. Princeton University, 1981 

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Areas of Research and Teaching:

Chinese art (especially painting and woodblock printing), narrative illustration, pictorial biography, art and the cult of Confucius.

On Faculty 1989-2013.

Courses taught:

  • 203 Survey of Asian Art
  • 307 Early Chinese Art: From Antiquity to the Tenth Century
  • 308 Later Chinese Art: From the Tenth Century to the Present
  • 370 Arts of China
  • 371 Chinese Painting
  • 411 Topics in Asian Art
    • Portraiture in East Asian Art
    • Mirrors, Pictures and Conceptual Art
    • Chinese Painting and Calligraphy in the Ninteenth-Twentieth Centuries
    • Confucius, Confucianism, and the Visual Arts in China
    • Modern Chinese Art
  • 472 Chinese Figure Painting
  • 477 Portraiture in Premodern China
  • 576 Proseminar in Chinese Art
    • Chinese Art After 1700
    • Art and Artifact in Early Modern China
    • Chinese Portraiture
    • The Amateur Ideal in Theory and Practice
    • Confucius and Confucianism in the Visual Arts
    • Modern Chinese Art
  • 800 Seminar: Special Topics in Art History
    • Pictorial Biography
    • The Represenatation of Narrative
  • 876 Graduate Seminar in Chinese Art
  • Topics:
    • Modern Chinese Art
    • Art and Ideology: Confucian Values in Painting and Prints
    • Chinese Narrative Painting
    • The Amateur Ideal in the Early Twentieth Century

Related resources:

Selected Publications:

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(with Wensheng Lu). Confucius: His Life and Legacy in Art. New York: China Institute in America, 2010.

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Mirror of Morality: Chinese Narrative Illustration and Confucian Ideology (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2007).

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Ma Hezhi and the Illustration of the Book of Odes. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1993.
  "The Sage's New Clothes: Popular Images of Confucius in Contemporary China." In The Sage Returns: The Confucian Revival in Contemporary China, edited by Kenneth Hammond and Jeffrey Richey. Albany: SUNY Press (published 2015).
  "Narrative and Visual Narrative across Disciplines and Cultures." In Rethinking Visual Narratives from Asia, edited by Alexandra Green. Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong (published 2012).
  "Heirloom and Exemplar: Family and School Portraits of Confucius in the Song and Yuan Periods." Journal of Song-Yuan Studies 41 (2011): 227-266.
  "'Idols' in the Temple: Icons and the Cult of Confucius." Journal of Asian Studies 68 no. 2 (May 2009): 371-411. (Electronic verison)
  "Didactic Picturebooks for Late Ming Emperors and Princes." In Culture, Courtiers, and Competition: The Ming Court, 1368-1644, edited by David Robinson. Cambridge, Ma.: Harvard University Asia Center, 2008. Pp. 231-268.