Henning von Mirbach

Henning von Mirbach
Graduate Student


Areas of Concentration: Chinese painting and calligraphy, East Asian art
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 third-year Ph.D. student at University of California, Santa Barbara, where he specialises in Chinese art history. Henning is working on the poet, painter and calligrapher Fa Ruozhen (1613-1696) and broader issues of affiliation, social identity, Confucian loyalty and filial piousness in the aftermath of the demise of the Ming (1368-1644) and the founding of the Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. In addition, he is interested in questions of cross-national relationships and receptions of paintings and woodblock prints in Korea and Japan.

After earning a master degree in law from the University of Paris and passing the state examination in law at the University of Potsdam, Henning obtained another M.A. in East Asian art from the University of Manchester. Before joining UCSB’s Ph.D. program, Henning studied Chinese language at National Taiwan Normal University and continued his studies as a fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service and the Chinese Scholarship Council at Peking University.