History of Art and Architecture

Zixiao Huang

Area of Specialization

Italian Renaissance Art


Zixiao Huang's research focuses on the communication between Renaissance Italy and China, and he studies how "China" as a geographical concept is visually depicted and viewed in Italy and the rest of the Europe.

Prior to his study at Pitt, Zixiao spent several years working and interning for major museums and non-profit organizations in Philadelphia and Chengdu, China, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, the Association for Public Art, the Penn Museum, Temple Contemporary, and the Chengdu Museum. In 2020, he was part of the curatorial team at the exhibition Floating Lights and Shadows: 500 Years of European Paintings co-organized by the Chengdu Museum and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and participated in writing and publishing the exhibition catalog. During his time at the Art History department of Temple University, Zixiao studied Early Modern Italian arts and European missionaries' outreach in China, and wrote his thesis titled The Jesuits in China: Translation, Localization, and Failure. Part of his graduate thesis won the selection of the 42nd Annual Susman History Graduate Student Conference (canceled due to Covid-19) at Rutgers University and the SECAC 2023 in Richmond, Vermont. 

His most recent participation of professional workshops including the Sangalli Institute's seminar "the Archives of the Religious Orders and their Education Institutions: A New Perspective on Global Catholicism (Rome, Italy)" and the Middlebury Language School for Italian (Bennington, Vermont).

Education Details

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
     Ph.D. of Art History (in progress)
     Advisor: Dr. Christopher J. Nygren

Temple University, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     Master of Arts, Art History, May 2022
     M.A. Thesis: “The Jesuits in China: Translation, Localization, and Failure.”
     Supervised by Dr. Ashley D. West & Dr. Marcia B. Hall

Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     Bachelor of Arts in Art History & Film and Media Arts (Double Majored), May 2018

Selected Publications

Chengdu Museum 成都博物馆, Floating Lights and Shadows: 500 Years of European Paintings 光影浮空:欧洲绘画500. Nanjing: Jiangsu Phoenix Art Publishing House Co., Ltd. 江苏凤凰文艺出版社, September 2020. 

Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Intersections: 2020 MFA catalog. Philadelphia: Tyler School of Art and Architecture, May 2020.

Chengdu Museum 成都博物馆, Tianfu Journal of Museum Studies 天府文博论集. Chengdu: Sichuan People’s Publishing House 四川人民出版社, October 2020. ISBN 978-7-220-11979-8.


Selected Presentations

SECAC 2023, Richmond, Virginia
Presenter, “Clothes Make a Man, or Do They?: The Jesuits and the Costuming Issue in China”

Anniversary Lecture Series, Paragon Book Gallery, Beijing, China
Moderator & Host, “Christopher J. Nygren: Titian’s Icons: Tradition, Charisma, and Devotion in Renaissance Italy”

42nd Annual Susman History Graduate Student Conference, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Presenter, “From the Authentic to the Imagination: China through Rubens's Eyes” (Canceled due to Covid-19)


Selected Awards

The Middlebury Language School, Samuel H. Kress Fellowship for the Italian Language School, 2023

Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Summer Research Grant, 2023

Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Graduate Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, 2022–2023