Kyoto National Museum’s “Kano Painters of the Momoyama Period: Eitoku’s Legacy” is the follow up exhibition to the 2007 “Kano Eitoku, Momoyama Painter Extraordinaire” and focuses on Eitoku’s successors who produced work during the period 1596-1615.

The current year marks the 400th anniversary of the transfer of political power from the Toyotomi clan to that of the Tokugawa, a period from which the Kano school of painters ascended to become the dominant academy patronized by the political and cultural elites across the centuries thereafter. It was only in the later 19th century that their artistic centrality began to wane, though it became the basis of modern Japanese-style painting (nihonga), particularly in Tokyo.

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