Chandreyi Basu studied History and Art History in India and Italy before earning a Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania. She writes about early Buddhist art as well as patronage and cross-cultural interaction in ancient Indian art, focusing on northwestern India, northern Pakistan, and southern Afghanistan. She is the author of Displaying Many Faces: Art and Gandharan Identity (2004), a catalogue of a private collection of ancient Pakistani art. In her courses, Buddhist Art and Gender Issues in Asian Art, students compare art across regions in Asia. She also teaches surveys of South Asian art and European art from Prehistory to the Middle Ages as well as a course that examines the Taj Mahal as an icon of Islamic Architecture. In 2003, she traveled with students from her Buddhist Art and Ritual class to Thailand with a grant from the St. Lawrence University Asian Studies Initiative.
Ph.D. Pennsylvania; Laurea Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples, Italy; M.A. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India; B.A. Calcutta, India.
Recent articles include essays on body markings in India, worshipper figures in Buddhist art, and the famous Indian ivory figurine found in Pompeii, Italy. She has written the bibliographic essay on Hindu iconography for Oxford Bibliographies Online (OUP) and continues to update the text periodically. She recently wrote about the iconography of the earliest surviving sculpture of Saraswati, the goddess of learning.
Professional associations membership
College Art Association; Association of Asian Studies, American Council of Southern Asian Art.
Survey of Art I (FA 116); Icons of Islamic Architecture (FA 212); Buddhist Art and Ritual (FA 217); Arts of South Asia (FA 218); Gender Issues in Asian Art (FA 319).