SOPER, Alexander Coburn, III.

SOPER, Alexander Coburn, III. Chicago 18.2.1904 — Rosemont PA 13.1.1993. U.S. Art Historian. Graduated B.A. 1925 from Hamilton College and studied architecture at Princeton (M.A. 1929). For a while living in Japan. Ph.D. 1944 in Art History, Princeton. Taught at Bryn Mawr and from 1960 Professor at Institute of Fine Arts in New York. Married, one son.

Publications: The Evolution of Buddhist Architecture in Japan. 1942; other works on East Asian art.

– “Aspects of Light Symbolism in Gandhāran Sculpture”, ArtAs 12, 1949, 252-283; “The Roman Style in Gandhara”, AJA 55, 1951, 301-319; a number of further articles and reviews in ArtAs.

Literary Evidence for Early Buddhist Art in China. Art.As.Suppl. 1959.

– “Recent studies involving the date of Kaniṣka”, ArtAs 33, 1971, 339-350 & 34, 1972, 102-113.

editor-in-chief of Artibus Asiae 1958-93 (including Suppl. Vols. 19-37).

Sources: *Milo C. Beach, ArtAs 52:3-4, 1992; briefly in ArtAs 55, 1995, 14f. with photo; Wikipedia.

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