Power and Authority on Display: Court Paintings of Late Joseon Korea
Wednesday, October 23 | 5:00 p.m. | USF Main Campus, Cowell Hall, Room 106
Chin-Sung Chang, Professor, Seoul National University
The late Joseon period witnessed the large production
of court paintings. Within the palace, many paintings were utilized primarily
to meet the symbolic and ritual needs of the king and his family in official
and private life. Painters at the Bureau of Painting created numerous paintings
documenting all court rituals and ceremonies and important government projects.
Confucian ceremonies, palace banquets, royal processions, and the king’s and
the queen’s birthday celebrations are vividly portrayed in court paintings that
provide magnificent pictorial records of pomp and pageantry. The folding screen
was the major format of Joseon court painting. The folding screens on
monumental scale and in exquisite detail show the lavish grandeur of court
life. Court painters also produced various screens such as the “Sun, Moon, and
Five Peaks” and the “Ten Longevity Symbols” decorating the public offices of
the king and the private quarters of his immediate family. This talk will
explore how court paintings were made and used and how they served to glorify
the Joseon king’s rulership. This talk is timed to coincide with the opening of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco's exhibit, "In the Grand Style: Celebrations in Korea Art during the Joseon Dynasty (Oct. 25, 2013—Jan. 12, 2014).
Free and open to the public. For information please call the USF Center for the Pacific Rim at (415) 422-6357.
Cosponsored by the USF Graduate Program in Museum Studies.
Picture credit: Detail, "Sun, Moon, and Five Peaks" screen, 19th century, now in the National Palace Museum, Seoul.