Painting of the Realm: The Kano House of Painters in Seventeenth-Century Japan

Painting of the Realm: The Kano House of Painters in Seventeenth-Century Japan

by Yukio Lippit


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Winner of the John Whitney Hall Book Prize
Winner of the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award

In this eloquent and far-ranging work, Yukio Lippit explores the seventeenth-century consolidation of Japanese painting by the famed Kano painting house, whose style evolved from the legacy of Zen monk-painters of the medieval era and intertwined Chinese with native Japanese practices. Legitimacy was transmitted from master to disciple in a manner similar to that in religious traditions. Lippit illuminates the role of key factors--bequeathal of artworks, authentication of art, painting in the mode of famous masters, collections of art, and the use of art in governance--in establishing the orthodoxy of the Kano painters and their paramount role in defining Japanese painting.

The Painting of the Realm is pathbreaking in its analysis of the discursive operations of the Kano school and its posing of large questions about painting that exceed narrow artist-centered, formalist analysis. Lippit has undertaken a bold and dense study of painting production and reception, presenting original and compelling interpretations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780295991542
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 11/28/2012
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Yukio Lippit is Harris K. Weston Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix

A Note to Readers xiii

Introduction 3

1 The Heirloom Painting 40

2 House Manners 67

3 The Modal Album 105

4 The Surrogate Signature 133

5 Painting of the Realm 157

Epilogue 217

Notes 231

Bibliography 285

Index 309

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