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Portrait of Lee Jung-ro
GPM-4662
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The portrait was painted to honor the occasion. Portraying his entire body, the painting shows him seated on a chair, clad in a black official garment and hat with his hands held together in front. His body seems slightly twisted because of the different angles used in portraying his upper and lower body. Consequently, his shoulders look somewhat distorted in an oblique manner. Meanwhile, the face is rather small compared to the body. Emphasis is given to a darker red on the forehead, nose, and cheekbone and by painting the protruded areas in a darker color. The handsome and sharp looking face has been represented by using reversed shading. This can be cited as a new portrait style for the mid-Joseon period.

History of the Object
Lee Jung-ro (1577-1624) was one of the military ministers during the mid-Joseon period. He took part in the plot in 1623 to dethrone Prince Gwanghaegun and enthrone King Injo. He was bestowed with the title "Second Degree Meritorious Retainer in the Stabilization of Society (Jeong-sa-gong-shin)" for his contribution to that political incident.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
paper, silk, water colors, ink, wood 
Measurements
Width 94 Height 169  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea; Palace of Joseon Dynasty  
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century; 1625 
Function
Portrait 
Acquisition
Acquired in 2000 by the Gyeonggi Provincial Museum. It was donated by Lee Hi-chul, a decedent of Lee Jung-ro. It belonged to Cheonghae Lee's family, one of the famous noble families in Gyeonggi Province.  
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Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Gyeonggi Provincial Museum 
Museum
Gyeonggi Provincial Museum 
Credit line
 

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