Best of Korean Art 한국

"Oh that I might capture the essence of this deep midwinter night, And fold it softly into the waft of a spring-moon quilt, Then fondly uncoil it the night my beloved returns." - Hwang Chin-i (1522-1565)
Sin Yunbok, Beautiful Woman, 18 c.

Sin Yunbok, Beautiful Woman, 18 c.

Yun Du-seo: self-portrait (circa 1710).  Yun Du-seo was a Korean painter, poet, composer, and scholar who argued for the modernization of Confucianism through the dialogue with Western ideas. This self-portrait is one the first Western-style portraits painted in Korea, and is often referred to as a masterpiece of Korean art.

Yun Du-seo: self-portrait (circa 1710). Yun Du-seo was a Korean painter, poet, composer, and scholar who argued for the modernization of Confucianism through the dialogue with Western ideas. This self-portrait is one the first Western-style portraits painted in Korea, and is often referred to as a masterpiece of Korean art.

Shin Yun-bok

Shin Yun-bok

Highlights of an illustrious lifetime: First birthday celebration, attrib. to Kim Hongdo (Korean, 1745–approx. 1806), Joseon dynasty (1392–1910). Ink and colors on silk, asian art museum Courtesy of National Museum of Korea. Photo: Courtesy of

Highlights of an illustrious lifetime: First birthday celebration, attrib. to Kim Hongdo (Korean, 1745–approx. 1806), Joseon dynasty (1392–1910). Ink and colors on silk, asian art museum Courtesy of National Museum of Korea. Photo: Courtesy of

Yi Myeong-Gi | (Mid 18th - Early 19th Century) Portrait of O Jae-Sun | Joseon Dynasty, Late 18th - Early 19th Century | Colors on Silk

Yi Myeong-Gi | (Mid 18th - Early 19th Century) Portrait of O Jae-Sun | Joseon Dynasty, Late 18th - Early 19th Century | Colors on Silk

[Joseon Dynasty (18th century)] Album of Genre Paintings by Danwon (Kim Hong-do)

[Joseon Dynasty (18th century)] Album of Genre Paintings by Danwon (Kim Hong-do)

[Joseon Dynasty (18th century)] Album of Genre Paintings by Danwon (Kim Hong-do)

[Joseon Dynasty (18th century)] Album of Genre Paintings by Danwon (Kim Hong-do)

[Middle Ages-Joseon] Painting of threshing, by Danwon Kim Hong-do | Korea

[Middle Ages-Joseon] Painting of threshing, by Danwon Kim Hong-do | Korea

Portrait of Emperor Gojong (age 49)

Portrait of Emperor Gojong (age 49)

Portrait of Yi Je-hyeon (1287-1367), a Goryeo period scholar, National Museum of Korea.

Portrait of Yi Je-hyeon (1287-1367), a Goryeo period scholar, National Museum of Korea.

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