Kano school


Kano school

Japanese painting style of the 15th–19th centuries. It was practiced by a family of artists that served the Ashikaga shoguns of the Muromachi period and also Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and the shoguns of the Tokugawa period. Bold, large-scale designs were executed on the folding screens and sliding panels that acted as space dividers in the castles of the day. Chinese-style ink painting was blended with polychromatic Yamato-e (“Japanese painting”); some artists used a background of gold leaf for even more striking effects.

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