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Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII on the right as Kanō Motonobu (狩野四郎次郎元信)
and Bandō Shūka I as the Shōgun's daughter Omatsu (将監娘おみつ)

Identifier: 1848-51c Kuniyoshi pine painting

The historical Kanō Motonobu lived from 1477-1559, according to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Other sources give different dates.

Also called Ko-Hōgen, Eisen, Gyokusen, attended the lessons of his father Masanobu and those of Oguri Sōtan. He adopted a special style, borrowing from the Chinese and the Tosa school. He was in great favor with the Shōgun Yoshihisa, Yoshizumi, Yoshitane and Yoshiharu. He received the title of Echigo no kami and that of Hōgen after having his head shaved. He was a friend of the sculptor Gotō Yujō whom he supplied with most of his subjects. Motonobu is the most celebrated painter of the Kanō school.

Quoted from: Historical and Geographical Dictionary of Japan by E. Papinot, who gives Motonobu's dates as 1476-1554.


Ex B. W. Robinson collection. 1848/3 An artist taking inspiration from a bijin in his screen painting of a pine tree.


This scene commemorates a performance of Mukashi gatari inazuma hyoshi (昔語稲妻帖).

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