Peter Paul Rubens's fascinating depiction of a man wearing Korean costume of around 1617, in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, has been considered noteworthy since it was made. This large drawing was copied in Rubens's studio during his own time and circulated as a reproductive print in the eighteenth century. Despite the drawing's renown, however, the reasons why it was made and whether it actually depicted a specific Asian person remain a mystery. The intriguing story that develops involves a ship-wreck, an unusual hat, early trade between Europe and Asia, the trafficking of Asian slaves, and the role of Jesuit missionaries in Asia.
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About the Author
Stephanie Schrader is associate curator in the Department of Drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Her recent publications include “Naturalism Under the Microscope: A Technical Study of Maria Sibylla Merian’s Metamorphosis of the Insects of Surinam” (Getty Research Journal, 2012) and contributions to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition catalogue Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart’s Renaissance (2010).
Table of Contents
Foreword Timothy Potts vii
The Many Identities of Rubens's Man in Korean Costume: New Perspectives on Old Interpretations Stephanie Schrader 1
Looking at the Clothing of Rubens's Man in Korean Costume Kim Young-Jae 25
Implicit Understanding: Rubens and the Representation of the Jesuit Missions in Asia Stephanie Schrader 39
Korean Contacts with Europeans in Beijing, and European Inspiration in Early Modern Korean Art Burglind Jungmann 67
The Place of the "Exotic" in Early-Seventeenth-Century Antwerp Christine Göttler 89
About the Contributors 109