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Robert Linrothe

Associate Professor; Department Chair

Ph.D., University of Chicago
Curriculum Vitae

Rob Linrothe was a Scholar-in-Residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles in 2008-2009. Through his field work, Prof. Linrothe has become a specialist in the Buddhist art of the Himalayas. He has concentrated on the pre-modern art of Ladakh and Zangskar (Indian Himalayas) and the contemporary revival of monastic painting in Amdo (China, northeastern cultural Tibet).

Linrothe served as the organizing curator for an exhibition on view in 2015 at the Mary & Leigh Block Museumof Art, "Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and Its Legacies." A catalog with the same name was published, and the exhibition traveled to the Rubin Museum of Art where, from 2002–2004, Professor Linrothe served as the inaugural curator of Himalayan art. During his tenure at RMA, he authored two catalogs to coincide with the Rubin Museum's opening exhibitions: Paradise & Plumage: Chinese Connections in Tibetan Arhat Painting; and, with Jeff Watt, Demonic Divine: Himalayan Art and Beyond. A third, Holy Madness: Portraits of Tantric Siddhas was published in 2006.

Among recent publications are "Origins of the Kashmiri Style in the Western Himalayas: Sculpture of the 7th–11th Centuries" in Transfer of Buddhism Across Central Asian Networks (7th to 13th Centuries), (Brill, 2016); "Site Unseen:Approaching a Royal Buddhist Monument of Zangskar (Western Himalayas)" The Tibet Journal (2015); "Mirror Image: Deity and Donor as Vajrasattva" in History of Religions (University of Chicago Press, 2014); "Portraiture on the Periphery: Recognizing Changsem Sherab Zangpo," Archives of Asian Art (University of Hawai'i Press, 2013); "Travel Albums and Revisioning Narratives: A Case Study in the Getty's Fleury 'Cachemire' Album of 1908," in Photography's Orientalism: New Essays on Colonial Representations (Getty Research Institute, 2013); "Looking East, Facing Up: Painting in Karma Gardri Styles in Ladakh and Zangskar" in Provenance and Provincial Styles in Tibetan Painting (Rubin Museum of Art, 2012); "Polishing the Past: The Style of a Seventeenth-Century Tibetan Mural," Artibus Asiae (2011).

In the academic year 2016–2017 he will be on research leave in eastern India, working on donor figures in Buddhist, Hindu and Jain sculptures.

Program Area: Buddhist Art, Pre-modern Asia

Regional Specialization: Central and East Asia (Tibet)

Selected Publications

Linrothe, Rob, and Pöll Heinrich. Visible Heritage: Essays on the Art and Architecture of Greater Ladakh. Studio Orientalia, 2016.
Linrothe, Robert. Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and Its Legacies. Serindia Publications, 2015.
Linrothe, Robert N. Holy Madness: Portraits of Tantric Siddhas. New York: Rubin Museum of Art, 2006.
Linrothe, Robert N. Paradise and Plumage: Chinese Connections in Tibetan Arhat Painting. New York: Rubin Museum of Art, in Collaboration with the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, 2004.
Linrothe, Robert N., and Jeff Watt. Demonic Divine: Himalayan Art and beyond. New York: Rubin Museum of Art, 2004.
Linrothe, Rob. Ruthless Compassion: Wrathful Deities in Early Indo-Tibetan Esoteric Buddhist Art. Boston: Shambhala, 1999.
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