Ancestral portraits Scholar-Officials (sadaebu or sonbi) represent the highly educated ruling class that emerged during the Choson dynasty (1392-1910) as the founder, Yi Songgye (133–1408) adopted Neo-Confucianism-the modified teachings of the early Chinese philosopher Confucius (about 552–479 B.C.E) to establish new principles for Korean governance. Implementing a competitive Confucian examination system to select civil servants, early Choson kings created a class of government officials who were familiar with Chinese and Korean historical and literary classics. This new class, also called yangban (literally two divisions, reflecting the civil or military assignments they received), challenged aristocratic families that had monopolized power during the Koryo period and redirected the course of Korean history and art history.
— June Li, Curator, Chinese and Korean Art, (2002)
Portrait of Scholar-Official Yun Bonggu (1681-1767) in his Seventieth Year Byeon Sang-byeok (Korea, 1725-1775) Korea, Korean, Joseon dynasty (1392-1910), dated 1750 Paintings Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk Image: 47 x 35 ½ in. (119.38 x 90.17 cm); Mount: 76 ½ x 43 ½ in. (194.31 x 110.49 cm); Roller: 43 ¾ in. (111.13 cm) Purchased with Museum Funds (M.2000.15.17) Korean Art
Portrait of Scholar-official Robe Korea, Korean, Joseon dynasty (1392-1910), 19th century Paintings Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk
Image: 53 x 30 5/8 in. (134.62 x 77.79 cm); Mount: 68 ½ x 33 1/8 in. (173.99 x 84.14 cm); Roller: 36 in. (91.44 cm) Purchased with Museum Funds (M.2000.15.18) Korean Art
Portrait of Scholar-official Ahn in his Fifties Year Yi Chaegwan (Korea, 1783-1837) Korea, Korean, Joseon period (1392-1910), 19th century
Paintings Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk Image: 32 ½ x 22 ½ in. (82.55 x 57.15 cm); Mount: 76 ¼ x 43 ¼ in. (193.68 x 109.86 cm); Roller width: 44 ¾ in. (113.67 cm) Purchased with Museum Funds (M.2000.15.16) Korean Art