Power and Authority on Display: Court Paintings of Late Joseon Korea

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Cowell Hall 106 - Classroom
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Events and Lectures
Elbers, Krysten Cogswell
Center for Pacific Rim

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. 

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