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Jeongyang Temple

Jeong Seon (artist name: Gyeomjae) Korean

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Jeongyang Temple, which stands about 2,625 feet (800 meters) above sea level, affords a panoramic view of the peaks of Inner Geumgang, as captured in this fan image. The expansive view is impactful despite the small scale. On full display is the artist’s signature juxtaposition of vertical strokes and dots, the former articulating the tightly clustered, light, bony peaks on the right and the latter conveying the dark, mossy hills on the left.

Many temples, hermitages, and rock carvings of Buddhist deities were erected and carved within the Diamond Mountains prior to the Joseon period, reflecting the mountains’ importance to religious pilgrims. For the majority of travelers in the eighteenth century and later, when Buddhism had not been the state religion for centuries, these popular destinations held primarily secular interest.

Jeongyang Temple, Jeong Seon (artist name: Gyeomjae) (Korean, 1676–1759), Fan, now mounted as a hanging scroll; ink and light color on paper, Korea

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