Daniel Greenberg

Mellon Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Art History and Archaeology

PhD. Yale University 2015
Chinese Art

Contact Information

Phone: (212) 854-1938
Office: 653A Schermerhorn Hall
Office Hours: Fridays, 10-11 by appointment only


Daniel Greenberg specializes in Chinese art of the eighteenth century; his research explores the relationship between painting, state ritual, and Qing empire.  His current book project, The Shape of Imperial Time: Art, Ritual, and Foreign Relations in Eighteenth-Century China, examines how the Qianlong Emperor (r. 1735-1796) utilized Jesuit techniques of perspective and portraiture to shape ritual time and define the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) as an historical, cultural, and religious institution.  Drawing upon a wide range of materials, including Jesuit devotional painting, European scientific texts, Qing imperial gardens, and painted landscapes produced for the Chinese court, his book challenges long-standing models of Qing empire that continue to shape foreign policy in contemporary China.

Greenberg took his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2015.  He holds a B.S. from Rutgers University and completed graduate coursework for an M.A. in History of Chinese Calligraphy at the Graduate Institute of Art History, National Taiwan University.  He has received fellowships from the Taiwanese Ministry of Education (2005-2007) and the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale (2013).  His work has also been supported by grants from Academica Sinica, the Richard U. Light Foundation, Katherine Davis Foundation, and the Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art.  He served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in China from 2000-2002.  

In addition to Qing art and empire, Greenberg’s research interests include Chinese calligraphy and contemporary East Asian photography.

Selected Publications

“Weird Science: European Origins of the Fantastic Creatures in the Qing Court Painting, the Manual of Sea Oddities” Chapter 7 in Jerome Silbergeld and Eugene Wang (ed.) The Zoomorphic Imagination in Chinese Art and Culture. (Hawai’i: University of Hawai’I Press, 2016)

Yuancang ‘Hai Guai Tu Ji’ Chutan - Qinggong Huazhong De Xifang Qihuan Shengwu ” 《院藏〈海怪圖記〉初探-清宮畫中的西方奇幻生物》 (A Brief Consideration of the National Palace Museum’s ‘Manual of Sea Oddities’ – Surprising Western Animals in a Qing Court Painting). Gugong Wenwu Yuekan, 故宮文物月刊 (National Palace Museum Monthly) #297, (2007.12), 38-51.