I had the pleasure of viewing “Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Museum’s website describes the exhibit as: “the artistic achievements of the Joseon dynasty, a line of monarchs that ruled for more than five hundred years and left a substantial legacy for modern Korea. A variety of objects—including painted screens, scrolls, calligraphy, furnishings, costumes, accessories, and ritual wares—explore the roles of king and court, the distinct spheres of men and women in society, and religious beliefs. This is the first full-scale American exhibition to be devoted to art of the Joseon dynasty.”
I did enjoy the experience and learned a small bit about Korean royal heritage. However, I was expecting a larger collection. Photographs of special exhibits are prohibited. I did get a few shots of works in other areas. Below on the left is “The Moorish Chief”, also known as “The Harem Guard”, (1878) by Austrian painter Eduard Charlemont. To the right is “Study of Three Heads” (1870) by French painter Henri Regnault.
One of my favorite parts of the Museum is the gift shop!! So many beautiful crafts, books on your favorite artists, and creative home gadgets to browse through. I picked up a poster of the “Moorish Chief” above. Below are some of my favorite gifts available for sale in the gift shop.
Photography by Ajua Hawkins.
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