For centuries, through calligraphy and painting, our ancestors used lines, planes, colors, and words to express their thoughts and feelings about humanity, society, and nature.
Both calligraphy and painting share many similarities in terms of application and technique. Indeed, people of the past often practiced and appreciated calligraphy and painting together, feeling that the two art forms shared the same roots. Scholars and aristocrats pursued the ideal unity by seeking to perfect their skills in poetry, calligraphy, and painting , the three true arts of the literati.
Throughout history, many masters of calligraphy and painting were powerful and influential members of the royal or noble classes. Also, many expert calligraphers and painters were trained and employed by the government bureau in charge of calligraphy and painting. This section introduces the proper way of appreciation of Korean calligraphy and painting. In particular, visitors can appreciate the aesthetics of various types of calligraphy through inscriptions carved in stone or metal, as well as rubbings of such inscriptions.