Hanging scroll with calligraphy, ink and light colors on paper
Painting only: 39.4 x 56.5 cm (15 1/2 x 22 1/4 in.); Overall: 122.6 x 68.5 cm (48 1/4 x 26 15/16 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1997.147
The gathering portrayed in this painting took place in the 16th century, but the painting itself is a later copy, possibly of the 18th century.
In the early Joseon period, paintings of scholar-officials’ gatherings (gyehoedo) gained popularity among the Korean elite. This painting was commissioned by Sim Eongwang, an official of the Joseon court, to depict a miwon gyehoedo, a gathering of cabinet members (saganwon). This meeting is assumed to have been ordered around the time when Sim was the head of the saganwon in 1530. At the bottom of the painting, he added his poem to express a "literati respect for high spirituality," as stated in the first line. The poem was later recorded in his anthology titled Eochonjip (Book of Fisher Village). This painting itself, however, is an 18th-century copy of the original 16th-century painting.
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