"Oh that I might capture the essence of this deep midwinter night, And fold it softly into the waft of a spring-moon quilt, Then fondly uncoil it the night my beloved returns." - Hwang Chin-i (1522-1565)
Taejo of Joseon, the founder and the first king of the Joseon Dynasty of Korea, and the main figure in overthrowing the Goryeo Dynasty. He was posthumously raised to the rank of Emperor in 1899 by Gojong, the Gwangmu Emperor, who had proclaimed the Korean Empire in 1897.
Yun Du-seo: self-portrait (circa 1710). Yun Du-seo was a Korean painter, poet, composer, and scholar who argued for the modernization of Confucianism through the dialogue with Western ideas. This self-portrait is one the first Western-style portraits painted in Korea, and is often referred to as a masterpiece of Korean art.