Korean Art Viewable on Smithsonian Museum Website

kpride, Jan. 8, 2015, 1:13 p.m.

More than 700 pieces of Korean art in possession of the Smithsonian Museum are now available to view online as the Washington-based museum released some 40,000 digitized images of ancient Asian art on its website (open.asia.si.edu). 

The Korean collection includes celadon of the Goryeo period (918-1392), Buddhist paintings, folding screen paintings, porcelain and a lacquered wood box inlaid with mother-of-pearls that date back to the Joseon period (1392-1910).

Also included in the list are counterfeit landscape paintings of Jeongseon, a Korean painting master from the Joseon era (1676-1759). 

Most of the collections are gifts of Charles Lang Freer and Arthur Mitchell Sackler, art collectors who donated large collections of Asian and American art to the Smithsonian Institution in 1906. Some were purchased by the museum in later years. 

The museum said the majority of the 40,691 artworks have never been seen before by the public and more than 90 percent of the images are in high resolution and without copyright restrictions for noncommercial use. It added that the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are the only Asian art museums to have digitized and released their entire collections online. 


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