Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Kanō, Eitoku

Birds and flowers of the four seasons
16th century
Ink on paper
Jukōin of Daitoku-ji (Zen temple), Kyoto, Japan

Kanō Eitoku (1543 - 1590) was a Japanese painter who lived during the Azuchi–Momoyama period of Japanese history and one of the most prominent patriarchs of the Kanō school of Japanese painting.
He was recognized for his artistic talent at a very young age, and his standing screen, sliding door, wall, and ceiling paintings decorated his patrons castle including the Oda Nobunaga's Azuchi castle and Toyotomi Hideyoshi's residence in Kyoto and Osaka castle.
Contemporary critics indicate that he was one of the most highly sought-after artists of his time, and received many wealthy and powerful patrons.

This painting, a collaboration with his father Shōei, is a part of the Paintings on room partitions in the abbot's quarters of Jukōin of Daitoku-ji (Zen temple), Kyoto, Japan. This picture shows four of 16 panels on sliding doors in the ritual room. The paintings have been designated as National Treasure of Japan.