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Portrait Paintings of Korea

Portrait paintings are prevalent in Korea, especially during the Joseon period (1392-1897). Kings, sadaebu intellectuals, loyal vassals, elders and ancestors, monks, and even notable women were portrayed often with representative belongings to characterize the depicted. The Joseon society treated such portraits as persons incarnate; works enshrined in sacred places such as ancestral shrines and temple halls to worship, pay respect, or reminisce.… Read More