Saturday, April 18, 2009

He of Tea Mountain

Courtesy of Korea Beat, here's a newly commissioned portrait of Tasan (다산/茶山), aka Chŏng Yagyong (정약용/丁若鏞), an important shirhak (실학/實學) philosopher of the late 18th and early 19th centuries who emphasized a practical application of neo-Confucianist state ideology, and one of Korea's first Catholic converts.

I like this picture. Very smart-looking, as in 멋있다, and I wouldn't mind having such a portrait of myself made. In fact, I think someone could make some serious coin doing Chosŏn-style portraits of folks in the modern era.

That scraggly beard, though, makes him look like he needs to mow the lawn.

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