Symposium : « Goryeo Buddhist Painting: A Closer Look »

© The Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art

© The Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art

Symposium : « Goryeo Buddhist Painting: A Closer Look »

Freer ׀ Sackler

The Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art

 

Thursday, March 9, 6:30 pm, Korean Cultural Center in Washington, DC
Friday, March 10, 9:30 am–4:30 pm, Ripley Center Lecture Hall

Specialists have identified 150 or so authentic Goryeo Buddhist paintings worldwide. The few that bear dated inscriptions indicate that this tradition was restricted to the late thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Not made for grand temple halls, in which monumental murals were painted directly on the walls, these detailed images were intended for closer viewing in more intimate settings. Modern scholars believe that these images were produced both to aid private meditation and to symbolically guide mortal souls to paradise at death. The prevalence of Pure Land deities and visions of their paradise supports this understanding. The paintings’ visual appeal results from precise draughtsmanship, saturated mineral pigments, extensive use of gold, and detailed designs representing woven textile patterns.

This scholarly gathering celebrates the launch of Goryeo Buddhist Painting: A Closer Look, a digital catalogue that offers current scholarship on sixteen examples in US museum collections. The symposium seeks to contextualize the works culturally and art historically and offers new insight into provenance and transmission. Speakers also discuss pioneering scientific studies of materials and painting and mounting techniques.

Le programme du symposium est disponible ici.


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