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Portrait of Jo Yeong-bok
GPM-2562
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is a full-length portrait depicting him seated on the floor dressed in an ordinary garment. It's a unique and individual work with a round stable composition. There is a folding fan hanging from his waist belt while his two hands are exposed. His stern-looking face seems alive with dark shades around the eyes and nose. The elaborate lines that define the garment show the excellent skill of one of the greatest painters of the time. King Yeongjo is known to have been impressed by this portrait. He ordered Jo Yeong-seok to participate in the production of the portrait of King Sejo. There is a colophon on the right. This is Korea's treasure No. 1298. It is very important for Gyeonggi Provincial Museum to examine the culture of the noble class in Gyeonggi Province.

History of the Object
Jo Yeong-bok (1672-1728) was a civil minister during the reign of King Suk-jong. He was from Ham-an. His minor name was Seok-o and his pen name Yi-ji-dang. He was a student of Kim Chang-hyeop. He served as Secretary to King (Do-seung-ji), magistrate of Gaeseong, and Mayor of Hanseong, the capital. Two versions of this portrait exist. Jo Yeong-seok(1686~1761), who painted one of them, represents the literati painters active during the late Joseon period. He is from Haman, his ja was Jong-bo and his ho Gwan-a-jae. He is the younger brother of Jo Yeong-bok.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
paper, silk, water colors, ink, wood 
Measurements
Width 94 Height 174  
Creator name
Jo Yeong-seok 
Creator date
1686~1761 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century; 1725 (King Yeong-jo, 1) 
Function
Portrait 
Acquisition
Acquired by the Gyeonggi Provincial Museum in 1994. It was donated by Jo Hyeon-jong a descendent of Jo Yeong-bok. It belonged to Haman Jo's family, one of the famous noble families in Gyeonggi Province. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Gyeonggi Provincial Museum 
Museum
Gyeonggi Provincial Museum 
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