Cynthea Jean Bogel

Professor, Japanese art history and Buddhist Visual Culture in Asia

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1986 …2022

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Bogel’s research interests are diverse. They focus primarily on Buddhist and other religious visual cultures of Japan, especially the function and reception of icons in the temple and society, technical aspects of statue and painting production, relationships between practices and icons across East Asia, and contemporary Buddhist popular culture and art. Besides Buddhist visual culture, she has published on ukiyo-e, textiles, aesthetics, and was formerly a museum curator (Rhode Island School of Design [RISD] Museum of Art). Her courses cover all these topics, contemporary art history, museum studies, and methodologies. She is currently researching the sources and possible meanings of the Yakushiji Yakushi Nyorai (honzon) pedestal motifs. Her JSPS Kaken research features the visual expression of religion, politics, and shifting cultural landscapes in representations of demonic and converted creatures and beings in Buddhist visual culture and that of other Japanese and East Asian reliigons.


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