Henning von Mirbach

Henning von Mirbach
Graduate Student


Areas of Concentration: Chinese and East Asian painting
Faculty Advisor: Peter Sturman
M.A. Thesis: "The reformulation of the literati approach in early modern China: colour in the work of Wang Hui (1632-1717) and Wang Yuanqi (1642-1715)" (The University of Manchester, completed 2014)


Henning von Mirbach is a second-year Ph.D. student in Chinese Art History. He completed his Licence (Bachelor) and his Maîtrise en droit (Master in Law) in French law at the University of Paris X – Nanterre, and his Erste Juristische Staatsprüfung (First State Examination in Law) in German law at the University of Potsdam. He also holds a M.A. in East Asian Art History from the University of Manchester. His M.A. thesis focuses on the use of colour by the two painters Wang Hui (1632-1717) and Wang Yuanqi (1642-1715) and explores the question why these orthodox painters came to use colourful painting styles despite a general and widespread bias in literati circles against its use.

Henning’s research focuses on the history of painting in seventeenth-century China. In addition, he is interested in questions of cross-national relationships and reception of paintings and woodblock prints in Korea and Japan. Henning has spent one year at National Taiwan Normal University studying Mandarin and another year on a fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at Peking University for further language studies before joining UC Santa Barbara’s Ph.D. program in autumn 2016.