Ink and Gold: Paintings of the Kano School

The Nezu Museum

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The Kano school rose to prominence in the fifteenth century, during the Muromachi period (1336 - 1573), when Kano artists served the Ashikaga shoguns. Nobunaga Oda and Hideyoshi Toyotomi both admired their work, and Ieyasu Tokugawa made the head of the Kano school painter by appointment to the shogunate. Throughout the Edo period (1603 - 1868), with a government that valued social order, the Kano school remained supreme in the world of painting in Japan.
The Kano conquest of the art world was due to its almighty style, which integrated a variety of earlier techniques. The foundation was Chinese ink painting, but the Kano categorized ink painting styles based on the work of Chinese artists to create clear-cut kata or hallmark styles. In order to expand its repertoire, the Kano school also incorporated color techniques from Yamato-e and made lavish use of gold on folding screens.
The title “Ink and Gold” points visitors to the central themes of this exhibition: the revolutionary and bountiful beauty of Kano school paintings.

Venue: Exhibition Spaces 1 and 2.

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from January 10, 2018 to February 12, 2018

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