Kanō Eitoku's "Views in and around the city of Kyoto" Folding Screen
This work is a folding screen picture said to have been drawn by Kanō Eitoku (1543-1590) at the age of 23, and is famous for being presented to Uesugi Kenshin (1530-1578) by Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582) who were daimyo in the Warring States period. On the left screen, the mansions of high-ranking people such as senior samurais and aristocrats are depicted. And the right screen shows famous buildings such as the Imperial Palace, To-ji Temple and Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and also the scene of the bustling city at the Gion Festival.
It is said that there are over 100 works of the same name of “Views in and around the city of Kyoto” in Japan, which are paintings depicting the sights, life and customs of the city and its suburbs in Kyoto. Although it is one of the masterpieces of Eitoku, it is a masterpiece that stands out among the works of this theme. There are 2485 people on the two screens. People of all classes are drawn here and there.
Compared to rival Hasegawa Tōhaku (1539-1610), Eioku’s works are not so many. The reason is that he worked on such big works.