Spring and Autumn Views of Matsushima (hand scroll)
17th century - 18th century
11 11/16 x 218 1/2 in. (29.7 x 555 cm)
(1636 - 1713)
Medium and Support:
Ink, colors and gold on silk , mounted on paper
Marion Stratton Gould Fund and by exchange, in memory of Estelle B. Goldman
Location: Not currently on view
Matsushima Bay, with more than 200 small islands covered with pine trees, is one of Japan’s most celebrated and beautiful scenic areas. A horizontal scroll like this one, called a makimono, usually features a landscape rather than a narrative and is opened from right to left and viewed on a table. As the scroll is rolled and unrolled, and the viewer’s eye is led into the work through the depiction of paths or roads, he or she experiences a sense of journey through the time and space of the images.
Kano Tsunenobu was from one of the most influential and artistic families in Japanese history. The Kano family dominated official painting from the mid-1300s until the end of the Edo period in 1868; during the 1650s, Kano Tsunenobu himself was a painter to the imperial family. Organized along hereditary lines, the Kano school painters guarded their artistic traditions closely and passed the leadership of the school from father to son or the nearest male relative.
[Gallery label text, 2006]