- Early Kano School Painting
- May 12, 2015 - June 7, 2015
The Kano School of painters held sway over Japanese painting for approximately four centuries, from the mid-Muromachi Period (1336-1573) through the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868). Its foundations were laid by the first-generation master Masanobu (1434-1530), court painter to the Muromachi Shogunate, and the Kano style was established by the time of the second-generation master Motonobu (Masanobu's eldest son, 1477-1559). With bold, clear and elegant forms, Kano School painting was widely appreciated by the general public, and it flourished thanks to a versatility that enabled application to any genre, as well as to its many followers who could execute paintings rapidly on demand. The ink painting masterpieces shown here are by early Kano School masters including Masanobu and Motonobu.