Grapevine and Squirrels

Unidentified artist

Not on view

The subject of grapevines was popular among literati painters throughout the Joseon period. Those who won fame for their representations of grapevines include female artist Shin Saimdang (1504–1551) and literati artists Hwang Jip–jung (b.1533), and Hong Suju (1642–1704). While earlier paintings of the subject are mostly in the form of album leaves, ink paintings of grapes from the nineteenth century are usually larger in format, such as hanging scrolls and folding screens.Squirrels are occasionally depicted on the branches of the vine, as in this example.

Grapevine and Squirrels, Unidentified artist, Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, Korea

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