*This site is is best viewed on a PC or laptop.


Kanō Sanraku

1559-1635 Japan/Kanō School


Brief Biography-Kanō Sanraku was the fourth generation of the Kanō School. He was born in Shiga and was a son-in-law of Eitoku of the third generation. Motonobu of the second generation was his primary influence. He worked as a page in the service of the warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi who introduced him to Eitoku, who took him into his workshop in 1574; in 1588, Eitoku adopted him as his son, and Sanraku later became the head of the Kyoto branch of the Kanō school. He worked for his patron Toyotomi Hideyoshi redecorating the Momoyama Castle until the warlord Tokugawa Ieyasu overthrew him in 1615, for whom Kanō Sanraku worked during the remainder of his life.


Click an Image to Enlarge


captains convening
on a terrace

captains convening on a terrace in a foreign country

tigers and dragons

tigers and dragons