The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 20, 2018

Literary Gathering, 1500s

hanging scroll with calligraphy, ink on paper, Image: 39.8 x 56.2 cm (15 5/8 x 22 1/8 in.); Overall: 125 x 68.5 cm (49 3/16 x 26 15/16 in.). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1997.147

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). [Seunghye Sun, Cleveland Museum of Art, (3/27-8/28/11); "The Lure of Painted Poetry"]

Cleveland Museum of Art, (3/27-8/28/11); "The Lure of Painted Poetry" cat. no. 5

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