Mariachiara Gasparini

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Assistant Professor
Phone: 541-346-7315
Office: 217 Lawrence Hall
Research Interests: Chinese and Central Asian Art and Architecture, Asian Art, Silk Road Studies, Asian Textiles, Buddhist Art, Sino-Iranian and Turko-Mongol Interactions

Dr. Gasparini is Assistant Professor of Chinese Art and Architectural History. Previously she taught at the University of California Riverside, San Jose State University, and San Francisco State University. She studied Oriental Languages and Civilizations at the University of Naples "L' Orientale" and East Asian Art at Sotheby's Institute of Art in London (University of Manchester). In 2015, she completed her Ph.D. in Transcultural Studies: Global Art History at the Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe in a Global Context at Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Her interests include historical, theoretical, and visual investigation of the history of Eurasian art and culture. In particular, her research focuses on Central Asian textiles, material culture, wall painting, artist’s praxis, and Sino-Iranian and Turko-Mongol interactions. 

She is the author of Transcending Patterns: Silk Road Cultural and Artistic Interactions through Central Asian Textiles (University of Hawai’i Press, 2019), and is currently coediting Trade and Industry: Global Circulation of Local Manufacture, and the Migration and Consumption of Textile Products, both Historically and Contemporaneously. Volume 6. Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of World Textiles (Forthcoming in 2023).

Among her other publications:

“Le pitture murarie del Ladakh attraverso l’iconografia tessile centrasiatica (Ladakh Wall Paintings Through Central Asian Textile Iconography).” WIND HORSES. Tibetan, Himalayan and Mongolian Studies. I CAVALLI DEL VENTO. Studi tibetani, himalayani e mongoli. Series Minor. Edited by A. Drocco, L. Galli, C. Letizia, G. Orofino, C. Simioli. LXXXVIII (December, 2019): 171-191.

“Sino-Iranian Textile Patterns in Trans-Himalayan Areas.” Silk Road, vol. 14 (2016): 84-96.

“Woven Mythology. The Textile Encounter of Makara, Senmurv and Phoenixes.” Global Textile Encounters: China, India, Europe. Ancient Textile Series 20, ed. by Marie-Louise Nosch, Zhao Feng, and Lotika Varadarajan. Oxbow Books, 2014; 119-126.

“A Mathematic Expression of Art: Sino-Iranian and Uighur Textiles Interactions and the Turfan Textile Collection in Berlin.” Transcultural Studies Journal 1, (2014): 134-163.

“The Silk Cover of the Admonitions Scroll: Aesthetic and Visual Analysis.” Ming and Qing Studies (2013): 161-218.



ARH 208 Art of China

ARH 325 Islamic Art (focusing on China and Central Asia)

ARH 386 Late Imperial China

ARH 387 Chinese Buddhist Art

ARH 399 East-West Encounters in Art

ARH 4/581 Through the Looking Glass: Chinese Textiles, Fashion, and Art

ARH 4/581 Chinese Architecture

ARH 610 Arts of the Silk Road