Kano Masunobu

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  • Japanese: 狩野益信 (Kanou Masunobu)

Kanô Masunobu was the founder of the Surugadai branch of the Kanô school of painting; he and the other members of the Surugadai branch were designated omote eshi, or "painters of the outer quarters," one of a number of terms used to refer to court painters in the service of the Tokugawa shogunate.

He was involved in a number of famous projects, including the repainting in 1642 of the Seiryôden of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, a project headed by Masunobu's mentor and father-in-law, Kanô Tan'yû.


  • Lillehoj, Elizabeth. "A Gift for the Retired Empress." in Lillehoj (ed.). Acquisition: Art and Ownership in Edo-Period Japan. Floating World Editions, 2007. p97.