Artful Diplomacy: Korean Envoys and the Exchange of Painting Styles in East Asia
September 17, 2011
Melissa A. Moy, Cunningham Assistant Curator of Asian Art, Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art, Harvard Art Museums
A pair of recently installed Japanese folding screens featuring processions of a Korean envoy and a Japanese territorial lord illustrates a diplomatic phenomenon: scholars have suggested that Korean envoys helped foster the transmission of literati painting styles between China, Korea, and Japan in the 17th and 18th centuries. Focusing on these screens and the literati paintings in the current installation, this gallery talk will discuss Korean embassies in Edo period Japan and the artistic exchanges ensuing from these celebrated sojourns.
Free with the price of admission.
Gallery talks are informal and include discussion. Limited to 25 participants; please arrive early.