Folding Screen as a Genre
(1)Background (2)Frame (3)Sequence (4)Narrative (5)Coded Iconic
-originated from ancient China -Han Dynasty around 206 BC -one-panel to multi-panel folding screens -elaborate craftsmanship: crystal, mica, ivory, jade, gold
This one is said to have functions of a 'good luck charm' where the mythical animals depicted are to drive away ghosts and bring longevity.
This is a folding screen used as a furniture/ piece of art to partition a room in a Japanese traditional residence. This one is said to portray some core characteristics of Japanese paintings.
Frame#1 six frames become one big image. To understand the painting properly, you need to see all panels as one painting. In this type of folding screens, frame is connected to the next one.
Frame#2 Even though frames are not connected to each other, sometimes all the frames might describe the same object. In this type of framing, you can see the same object in various perspectives.
Frame#3 There is one large theme which applies to all frames even though each panel contains different objects.
Frame#4 Several frames can be placed inside of a larger frame, and the shape of frames can be differ with each other. In short, various shapes of frame can be chosen and used for many purposes.
Sequence 1: Congruence in Style, Colour, Pattern, and other visual factors that makes a folding screen a type of sequential art.
Sequence 2: Subject
Sequence 3: Layout
Sequence 4: Colour
Sequence 5: Geometric Pattern and Colour Within and Without the Panel
Narrative 1 "mimesis"
Narrative 3 "focalisation and perspective"
#1 *10 kinds of longevity symbols: 1.sun 2.mountains 3.water 4.clouds 5.rocks 6.cranes 7.pine trees 8.bamboos 9.peaches 10.elixir plants *used for various ceremonies in the Joseon Dynasty royal court
#2 *信(trust) 禮(manners) 義(justice) 廉(honest) 恥(shame) *Jeju island style- divided into 3 spaces in one panel *Jeju island nature *used for ancestral rites- bottles& table, household shrines
#3 *The folding screen has real models *Gisaengs famous for their beauty and virtue through history of Joseon Dynasty
#4 *standardized composition- the Virgin Mary cradling her son-Jesus' dead body *A cross, haloes(holy figures), and stained glass-like background
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Royal Ontario Museum
National Museum of Denmark
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