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Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Museum Lecture Hall
Past Event

Man in Korean Costume / Rubens
 
Peter Paul Rubens's fascinating depiction of a man in Korean costume of around 1617 has been considered noteworthy since its creation. The large drawing was copied in Rubens's studio during his time and circulated as a reproduction in the 17th and 18th centuries. 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 figure has been associated with a Siamese embassy that visited King Charles I in London, Jesuit missionaries working in China, pagan priests in Goa, and, most recently, a former Korean slave who made his way to Rome. In this presentation, Stephanie Schrader, associate curator, Department of Drawings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and organizer of the exhibition Looking East: Rubens's Encounter with Asia, develops an intriguing story involving a shipwreck, an unusual hat, early trade between Europe and Asia, the trafficking of Asian slaves, and the spread of Catholicism around the globe.

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