IIAS Masterclass: Jan Fontein

Jan Fontein, born in the Netherlands, studied Far Eastern languages and Southeast Asian archaeology at Leiden University.
In 1966 he received his PhD degree, submitting a dissertation entitled The Pilgrimage of Sudhana, A Study of Gandavy■ha illustrations in China, japan, and Java (The Hague: Mouton & Co., 1966).
After ten years as a curator at the Museum of Asiatic Art in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam he moved to the United States, where he was curator and later director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
There, he organized such exhibitions as Zen Painting and Calligraphy (1970) and Unearthing China's Past (1972)., After his retirement as director in 1987, he organized the exhibitions The Sculpture of Indonesia (1990) for the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. and China's Distant Past (1994) and Buddha Images from the Kingdom of Siam (1995) for the Foundation Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam.
He is a correspondent of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, holds honourary degrees of Boston University, Northeastern University, and Simmons College in Boston and was made Commander in the Order of the Sacred Treasure in Japan.
He has taught at Harvard University, at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University, and at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.
Among his life-long interests, on which he has published a number of scholarly articles, is the topic of the masterclas he is offering in the end of August 1996: Narrative Sculpture and Literary Traditions in Central, South, and Southeast Asia. Invited to apply are doctoral students and recent recipients of the doctorate in fields related to Central, South and Southeast Asian art and archaeology, who would like to study the relationship between texts, oral traditions and the virtual representation of Indian epics, Buddhist sutras, jataka tales or animal fables in Central Asia, India, Cambodia, Thailand or Indonesia.
Applications are due by 1 May 1996 and should include a cv and a paper on the aforementioned topic.

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