Diamond Mountains

Travel and Nostalgia in Korean Art

Soyoung Lee; With contributions by Ahn Daehoe, Chin-Sung Chang, and Lee Soomi

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March 6, 2018
164 pages, 9 x 10
209 color illus.
ISBN: 9781588396532
Hardcover

Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press

A dazzling exploration of the pictorial traditions inspired by Korea’s legendary Diamond Mountains

The Diamond Mountains, known in Korea as Mount Geumgang, are perhaps the most famous and emotionally resonant site on the Korean Peninsula, a breathtaking range of rocky peaks, waterfalls, lagoons, and manmade pavilions. For centuries the range has inspired cultural pride and a vast outpouring of creative expression. Yet since the partition of Korea in the 1940s, situating them in the North, the Diamond Mountains have remained largely inaccessible to visitors, shrouding the site in legend, loss, and longing.
 
This book examines the visual representation of this remarkable landscape from the 18th century to the present day. It explores how Jeong Seon (1676–1759) revolutionized Korean painting with his Diamond Mountains landscapes, replacing conventional generic imagery with specific detail and indelibly influencing generations of artists in his wake. It also discusses the potency of these mountains as an emblem of Korean cultural identity, as reflected in literature and in exquisitely detailed album leaves, handscrolls, hanging scrolls, and screens. This magnificent volume is the first in English to survey this rich artistic tradition and bring these distant mountains into view.

Soyoung Lee is curator in the Department of Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Ahn Daehoe is professor of Korean and classical Chinese literature at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul. Chin-Sung Chang is professor of East Asian art history at Seoul National University. Lee Soomi is executive curator at the National Museum of Korea, Seoul.
 

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(02/06/18–05/20/18)

“The Diamond Mountains, known in Korea as Mount Geumgang, are perhaps the most famous and emotionally resonant site on the Korean Peninsula, a breathtaking range of rocky peaks, waterfalls, lagoons, and manmade pavilions. This book examines the visual representation of this remarkable landscape from the 18th century to the present day.” — Asian Art Newspaper
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS
Art of the Korean Renaissance, 1400-1600

Soyoung Lee; With essays by JaHyun Kim Haboush, Sunpyo Hong

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Silla

Korea's Golden Kingdom

Soyoung Lee and Denise Patry Leidy; With contributions by J

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Jewelry

The Body Transformed

Edited by Melanie Holcomb; With contributions by Kim Benzel

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