Corinna Wessels-Mevissen

South Asian Art History, Berlin
Fellowship: 01.10.2009–30.09.2010


She studied the History of Indian Art, General Art History, Indian Philology and Archaeology at the Free University Berlin and Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel and passed her doctorate in the former subject at the Free University Berlin. She has worked as a curator for South Asia, Asian Art Museum, Berlin, independent researcher and guest lecturer at the Art History Institute of the Free University Berlin.


Fields of Research

  • Iconology of Indian sculptures
  • Mediaeval temple architecture
  • Visuality of rituals


Publications (Selection)

  • Corinna Wessels-Mevissen: Rākṣasas and puruṣamṛgas in the South-Western Corner of the Airāvateśvara Temple at Darasuram [Art.]. In: Prajñādhara : Essays on Asian art, history, epigraphy and culture, in Honour of Gouriswar Bhattacharya. Hg. von Gerd J.R. Mevissen, Arundhati Banerji. Vol. 1. New Delhi: Kaveri 2009, S. 201-215.
  • Corinna Wessels-Mevissen: Innovation and continuity: a new temple for Kala Bhairava at Adichunchanagiri, Karnataka [Art.]. In: Mārg Magazine 60, H. 3 (2009), S. 44-53.
  • Corinna Wessels-Mevissen: Naravyāla-Puruṣamṛga-Sphinx, Preliminary Observations on an Iconographic Cluster in South & Southeast Asia. In: Vanamālā, Festschrift [Professor] Adalbert J. Gail [zum 65. Geburtstag]. Hg. von Gerd J.R. Mevissen, Klaus Bruhn. Berlin: Weidler 2006, S. 243-252.
  • Corinna Wessels, Marianne Yaldiz (Hg.): Anmut und Askese - Frühe Skulpturen aus Indien / The Sublime and the Ascetic in Early Sculptures from India (Ausstellung: Museum für Indische Kunst - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, 18. September 2003 bis 4. Januar 2004). Berlin, Mainz am Rhein: Selbstverlag u. Verlag Philipp von Zabern 2003.
  • Corinna Wessels-Mevissen Corinna: Creative Legacy of the Nilgiri Hills: Terracotta Offerings from South Indian Megalithic Burials [Art.]. In: Mārg Magazine 54, H. 1 (2002), S. 20-31. = Indian Terracotta Sculpture: the Early Period. Hg. von Pratapaditya Pal. Mumbai: Mārg Publications 2002, S. 24-35.
  • Corinna Wessels-Mevissen: The Gods of the Directions in Ancient India. Origin and Early Development in Art and Literature (until c. 1000 A.D.). Monographien zur Indischen Archäologie, Kunst und Philologie, Band 14. Berlin: Reimer 2001.