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Portrait of Kanô Tan'yû
Important Cultural Property
Hanging scroll
Height 65.8cm Width 48.2cm
Kyoto National Museum
Kanô Tan’yû (1602-74), the grandson of Kanô Eitoku (1543-90), was the first artist to serve as official painter (J., goyô-eshi) for the Tokugawa shogunate. This portrait of Tan’yû is attributed to one of his best pupils, Momoda Ryûei (1647-98), and was passed down through one of the four Kanô lines, the Edo Kajibashi Kanô family, which claims its lineage from Tan’yû. This work is said to be a draft of the original, which was destroyed in a fire in 1806 (Bunka 3).