Prof. Dr. Lothar Ledderose

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Curriculum Vitae

Lothar Ledderose was born on 12 July 1942 in Munich. He is the chaired Professor of East Asian art history at Heidelberg University, a position he has held since 1976. Lothar Ledderose was educated at the humanistic Apostelgymnasium, Cologne. From 1961-1969 he studied East Asian art history, European art history, Sinology, and Japanology at universities in Cologne, Bonn, Paris, Taipei, Heidelberg. PhD 1969, Heidelberg.


Professional career


1996 Corresponding Fellow, British Academy
1986 Member, Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften Since
1984 Corresponding Member, German Archaeological Institute Since
1976 Chair, East Asian Art History, Heidelberg University Since
1976 Habilitation, University of Cologne Since
1975 / 76 Research Position, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin
1973 - 75 Research Fellow, Institute for Oriental Culture, Tokyo University
1971 / 72 Translator, National Palace Museum, Taipei

1969 - 71

Post-doctoral studies in Princeton and Harvard


Academic administration


1986 President, International Congress of Asian and North-African Studies (ICANAS), Hamburg
1984 - 90 President, German Oriental Society (Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft)
1978 - 84,
1990 - 96
Vice president, German Oriental Society (Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft)
1978 Faculty of Philosophy and History, Heidelberg University


Curated exhibitions with scholarly catalogues


Japan und Europa – 1543-1929. Berlin (with Doris Croissant).Visited by their imperial Highnesses, the Emperor and Empress of Japan.
Jenseits der Großen Mauer. Der Erste Kaiser von China und seine Terrakotta-Armee. Dortmund (with Adele Schlombs).
Palastmuseum Peking. Schätze Aus der Verbotenen Stadt. Berlin, Vienna (with Herbert Butz). 390.000 visitors in Berlin, most successful exhibition of the year in Germany.
Im Schatten Hoher Bäume. Baden-Baden, Cologne, Hamburg. First loan exhibition of traditional painting sent from China to Europe.


Fellowships, guest professorships


2000 - 01 scholar, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
1998 Mellon Lecturer, National Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1997 guest professor, Kyoto University
1997 guest professor, Taiwan National University
1996 guest professor, University of Chicago
1994 Murphy Lecturer, University of Kansas
1992 Slade Professor, Cambridge University
1990 - 91

Senior Mellon Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery,
Washington, D.C.

1983 - 84 Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin


Selected publications (for details see bibliography)


Ten Thousand Things. Module and Mass Production in Chinese Art . 2000.

Orchideen und Felsen. Chinesische Bilder im Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst , Berlin. 1998.

Japan und Europa: 1543-1929 (ed.). 1993.

Palastmuseum Peking. Schätze aus der Verbotenen Stadt (ed.). 1985.

Im Schatten hoher Bäume. Malerei der Ming- und Qing-Dynastien (1368-1911) aus der Volkrepublik China (ed.). 1985.

Mi Fu and the Classical Tradition of Chinese Calligraphy . 1979.

Die Siegelschrift (chuan-shu)in der Ch'ing-Zeit . 1970.




Carving Sutras before the Catastrophe. 2005.

Chinese Influence on European Art: Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries. 1991.

Die Gedenkhalle für Mao Zedong. Ein Beispiel von Gedächtnisarchitektur. 1988.

Chinese Calligraphy: Its Aesthetic Dimension and Social Function. 1986.

Some Taoist Elements in the Calligraphy of the Six Dynasties. 1984.

The Earthly Paradise. Religious Elements in Chinese Landscape Art. 1983.

Some Observations on the Imperial Art Collection in China. 1978-79.

Subject Matter in Early Chinese Painting Criticism. 1973.



Member of editoral boards of academic journals 

Scuola di Studi sull’ Asia Orientale , Kyoto, epigraphical series, beginning 2005.

Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities , Stockholm, since 2000. 

Meishushi yanjiu jikan 美術史研究季刊 , Taipei, since 1999.

Arts Asiatiques , Paris, since 1999. 

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Latest Revision: 2011-09-15