Kano Painters of the Momoyama Period: EITOKU'S LEGACY, at Kyoto National Museum, Chaya-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
7th April - 17th May, 2015 | Kyoto National Museum, Chaya-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
2015 marks the 400th anniversary of the 1615 Siege of Osaka, after which the reins of Japanese political power transferred from the Toyotomi clan to the Tokugawa, changing the course of history for centuries to follow.
During this time of political upheaval, not only warlords but also artists were engaging in cutthroat strategic competition for survival. The Kano school of painters, which had hitherto maintained close relations with political authorities, faced their greatest crisis ever in this turbulent age. The sudden death of their leader Kano Eitoku (1543–1590), the emergence of rival painter Hasegawa Tōhaku (1539–1610), and a shifting political landscape made this one of the most precarious situations the Kano school had ever faced, and one requiring tough decisions by its artists. official website ›› http://www.kyohaku.go.jp/eng/special/index.html