|Closed||Mondays, except February 12|
|Hours||10 am to 5 pm（Entrance closes 30 min. before closing）|
|General admission||Adult 1100 yen, Student 800 yen|
The Kanō school rose to prominence in the fifteenth century, during the Muromachi period, when Kanō artists served the Ashikaga shoguns. Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi both admired their work, and Tokugawa Ieyasu made the head of the Kanō school painter by appointment to the shogunate. Throughout the Edo period, with a government that valued social order, the Kanō school remained supreme in the world of painting in Japan.
The Kanō conquest of the art world was due to its almighty style, which integrated a variety of earlier techniques. The foundation was Chinese ink painting, but the Kanō categorized ink painting styles based on the work of Chinese artists to create clearcut kata or hallmark styles. In order to expand its repertoire, the Kanō school also incorporated color techniques from Yamato-e and made lavish use of gold on folding screens.
Our “Ink and Gold” title points visitors to the central themes of this exhibition: the revolutionary and bountiful beauty of Kanō school paintings.