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Likeness and Legacy in Korean Portraiture

From the publisher’s website:

This important book examines the history, process and significance of official portrait making during Korea’s Joseon dynasty (1392-1910)—the country’s last and longest-ruling Confucian dynasty.

By highlighting significant pieces in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco’s collection, including draft portraits of Bunmu meritorious officials and the portrait of Song Siyeol (1607-1689), it also discusses the complex philosophies and delicate techniques in the art of portrait making.

With more than 95 photos and illustrations, Likeness and Legacy in Korean Portraiture is the ultimate guide to this specialized art form and its history. The inclusion of contemporary works that are related to or inspired by the portrait-making tradition will demonstrate to readers that this practice is still thriving in the modern art scene.


  1. Sketching Legacy: Korean Portraiture at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco | HYONJEONG KIM HAN
  2. Official Portraits and Their Political Functions | SOOMI LEE
  3. Bunmu gongsin. the Last Meritorious Officials of the Joseon Dynasty | KYUNGKU LEE
  4. Beyond Portraiture: New Approaches to Identity in Contemporary Korean and American Art | ROBYN ASLESON

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