Today is the birthday of Kanō Eitoku ((狩野 永徳), a Japanese painter who lived during the Azuchi–Momoyama period and one of the most prominent patriarchs of the Kan? school of Japanese painting.
He was born in Kyoto, and was the grandson of Kanō Motonobu (1476–1559), an official painter for the Ashikaga shogunate. He was recognized for his artistic talent at a very young age. Under Motonobu’s guidance, he developed his grandfather’s style, which was influenced by Chinese painting.
Collaborating with his father Sh?ei (1519–92), Eitoku painted the wall panels of the abbot’s quarters in Juk?in, a subtemple of the Daitoku-ji Zen monastic complex in Kyoto.
As with all great artists, here are his works. They speak for themselves.