Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano


Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano will represent the first major exhibition outside Japan to be dedicated to the Kano painters, the most enduring and influential school of Japanese painting.


Established in the 15th century against the backdrop of one of the greatest periods in Japanese history, the Kano created and upheld standards of artistic excellence in Japan for nearly four hundred years.


Ink and Gold will focus on the artistic dynasty’s leading figures and will be drawn largely from Japanese imperial, national, and private collections, including those of such celebrated cultural landmarks as Nijō-jō and Nagoya castles. The exhibition will feature rare and magnificent works—many distinguished by their stunning use of gold leaf—that are considered treasures in Japan for their high cultural importance and rarity. The exhibition will be seen only in Philadelphia.