A New Middle Kingdom

Painting and Cultural Politics in Late Choson Korea (1700–1850)
by J. P. Park
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Publisher: University of Washington Press

Publication Date: December 13, 2018

ISBN: 9780295743264

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Historians have claimed that when social stability returned to Korea after a series of devastating invasions by the Japanese and Manchus around the turn of the seventeenth century, the late Chos n dynasty was a period of unprecedented economic and cultural renaissance. This book questions this age-old belief by claiming that true-view landscape and genre?paintings were most likely?adopted to propagandize?social harmony under Chos n rule and to justify the status, wealth,?and land grabs of the ruling class.?This volume also documents the popularity and misunderstanding of art books from China and, most controversially, Korean enthusiasm for artistic programs from Edo Japan, thus challenging academic stereotypes and nationalistic tendencies in scholarship. As the first truly interdisciplinary study of Korean art, A New Middle Kingdom illuminates the reality of the late Chos n society that its visual art attempted hide.