Mi-in-do (Portrait of a Beauty)
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Mi-in-do (Portrait of a Beauty)
A word of explanation for the unfamiliar: 18th century court painter Shin Yun-bok (who occasionally used the pseudonym Hyewon) was one of the most legendary artists in Korean history. He cultivated a particularly strong reputation on the basis of his erotic art, with explicit depictions of women widely branded obscene. Though no real historical evidence exists to support this claim, recent Korean writers have employed the conceit that Yun-bok was actually a woman disguised as a man; that idea first appeared in Lee Jeong-Myeong's novel Painter of the Wind, then in a television series, and… More