François Louis

Associate Professor
History of Chinese Design and Visual Culture
Material Culture of Medieval China

Ph.D. History of East Asian Art, University of Zurich
M.A. Art History, University of Zurich

My current research focuses on the art and material culture of the Kitan-Liao dynasty (907-1125) in northern China. I am evaluating a number of extraordinary archaeological finds made during the past 50 years that allow us to see the history of this little-known dynasty in an entirely new light. Other research projects have ranged more broadly across the history of Chinese artifacts and covered topics from early antiquity to the eighteenth century. I have published on China’s antiquarian culture, the history of ornament, and on gold and silver, including a book based on my dissertation, Die Goldschmiede der Tang und Song- Zeit, which examines the formation of the goldsmithing profession in China. 

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François Louis's courses include:

627 Western Luxuries and Chinese Taste
648 Art and Ornament in Early China
694 Landscape and Rusticity in the Chinese Living Environment
820 Chinese Ceramics
827 Issues in the Study of Ancient Art
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