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Art Talk Live: Eyeglasses and Other Luxuries in a Late Chosŏn Screen Painting

Presented by Harvard Art Museums at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge MA

Nov 15 2022
Art Talk Live: Eyeglasses and Other Luxuries in a Late Chosŏn Screen Painting

Books and scholars’ accoutrements (ch’aekkŏri), Korea, Chosŏn dynasty, early 20th century. Eight-panel folding screen; ink and color on silk. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Acquired with a fund established by Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane for the purchase of Asian art and through the generosity of the Ralph C. Marcove International Understanding Through Arts and Crafts Foundation, Inc. and Christina Marcove, 2014.198.

Join former fellow Yuhua Ding as she explores how eyeglasses in Chosŏn dynasty still-life paintings acted as symbols of luxury and modernity.

Join former fellow Yuhua Ding as she explores early 20th-century Korean paintings that include distinctly modern items and how those objects relate to knowledge and self-fashioning. Ch’aekkŏri is a unique Korean genre of still-life painting composed of assemblages of thread-bound books, antique vessels, writing implements, flowers, fruit, and other luxury items connoting refinement and auspiciousness.

The presence in these paintings of eyeglasses imported from Qing dynasty China suggests an

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