Kano Motonobu

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Kanô Motonobu was a significant painter of the Kanô school.

Among his other works, he is also known for his paintings of ema (Shinto votive plaques); legends say that his painted horses were so lifelike that they came to life, and could be heard by people in neighboring temples, as they cantered off in search of water and grazing.[1]

A number of his works have been designated Important Cultural Properties.


  1. Timon Screech, Obtaining Images, University of Hawaii Press (2012), 22.