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Goryeo Buddhist Painting: A Closer Look

Thursday, March 9, 6:30 pm, Korean Cultural Center in Washington, DC
Friday, March 10, 9:30 am–4:30 pm, Ripley Center Lecture Hall

Specialists have identified 150 or so authentic Goryeo Buddhist paintings worldwide. The few that bear dated inscriptions indicate that this tradition was restricted to the late thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Not made for grand temple halls, in which monumental murals were painted directly on the walls, these detailed images were intended for closer viewing in more intimate settings. Modern scholars believe that these images were produced both to aid private meditation and to symbolically guide mortal souls to paradise at death. The prevalence of Pure Land deities and visions of their paradise supports this understanding. The paintings’ visual appeal results from precise draughtsmanship, saturated mineral pigments, extensive use of gold, and detailed designs representing woven textile patterns.

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Workshops


Chinese Object Study Workshops

2015–2018

Sophisticated visual analysis is a hallmark of art history and depends on skills acquired through the direct study of objects. These skills must be taught and practiced. Yet as graduate art history curricula have expanded to include training in methodology, historiography, and theory, training in object study has all but disappeared. The problem is exacerbated for students of Chinese art history, whose graduate curricula must also include language courses and related subjects such as religion, literature, and history.

Chinese Object Study Workshopsis a program that provides graduate students in Chinese art history an immersive experience in the study of objects. The week-long workshops will help students develop the skills necessary for working with objects, introduce them to conservation issues not readily encountered in typical graduate art history curricula, and familiarize them with important American museum collections.

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Past Events

The Word Illuminated: Form and Function of Qur'anic Manuscripts
December 1–3, 2016
Watch the symposium online

In the Dig House: Behind the Scenes in Archaeology
April 25, 2015

Whistler and Kiyochika: Modernity, Melancholy, and the Nocturne
May 14, 2014

Whistler Object Study Workshop
June 9–12, 2014

Medical and Modern Yoga
January 11, 2014

Yoga and Visual Culture: An Interdisciplinary Symposium
November 21–23, 2013

The Legacy of Cyrus the Great: Iran and Beyond
April 27, 2013

Crossroads of Culture: The Archaeology of Saudi Arabia
November 17, 2012

The Art of Itō Jakuchū
March 30, 2012

Imperial Exposure: Early Photography and Royal Portraits across Asia
December 5–6, 2011

Palaces of Art: Whistler and the Art Worlds of Aestheticism
October 27–28, 2011

Art and Material Culture of the Northern Qi Period
June 3–5, 2011

Piety, Poetry, and Politics: Sufi Muslims in South Asia
April 28–30, 2011

Historians Of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) Second Biennial Symposium: "Objects, Collections, And Cultures"
October 21–23, 2010

Forbes Symposium
October 28–29, 2010




As renovation work continues in the Freer Gallery, the Sackler Gallery also will close on July 10, 2017. This museum-wide closure will allow us to completely reinstall our exhibitions and revitalize features to improve your visit. Both spaces will reopen on October 14, 2017, when we will welcome the public back to the Freer|Sackler: two galleries, one destination. For your safety, all visitors will have their bags checked. See the complete list of restricted items and bag sizes.