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Scenes in and around Kyoto, Uesugi version

Kano Eitoku

  • 「Scenes in and around Kyoto, Uesugi version *National Treasure」 Kano Eitoku
  • 「Scenes in and around Kyoto, Uesugi version *National Treasure」 Kano Eitoku

These images are based on the high resolution facsimile produced by the Tsuzuri Project. Unauthorized copying, duplication, or transfer of these images is strictly prohibited.

Kano Eitoku
Historical era:
Azuchi-Momoyama (16th century)
Printed on washi, with gold leaf applied
Pair of six-fold screens
High Resolution Facsimile of Historical Cultural Assets
Each screen 159.2 x 361.8 cm (L x W)
Yonezawa CityMAP
Current owner:
Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum
Ink,color,and gold on paper

It is said that this painting was done when Eitoku was 23. Among the various stories surrounding its creation, it is best known as being a gift from Oda Nobunaga to Uesugi Kenshin. The right screen (shown below) shows the Shimogyo (lower capital) area, including the Imperial Palace, Kiyomizudera, and Toji, with the bustling Gion festival taking place in the center. The left screen shows the scenery of the Kamigyo area (upper capital), with large depictions of the Kubo and Hosokawa residences. A total of 2,485 people from all ranks of life, including priests, laity, nobility, soldiers, and commoners appear throughout the two screens. Together as a pair, the work captures the liveliness of the scene so well that one might be fooled into noticing the sounds and conversations of the individuals within. This work is a masterpiece in terms of both the works by Eitoku that still exist, and of the countless works that depict scenes in and around Kyoto.

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