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Paintings on Folding Screens and Sliding Doors | 16th–19th century

"Paintings on Folding Screens and Sliding Doors | 16th–19th century"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 7  July 13, 2021 (Tue) - August 22, 2021 (Sun)

  
Amusements at Itsukushima (detail), Artist unknown, Edo period, 17th century

The paintings here were not just for looking at — they served many other purposes, even that of furniture. Sliding doors divided rooms, while folding screens could be placed anywhere to create private spaces, reduce draftiness, or hide items from view. Sometimes artisans decorated the paintings with gold leaf, which reflected light and helped to brighten dim interiors.

A painting could also change the mood of a room. Ink paintings might create a relaxed or meditative atmosphere. Ones with bright colors and gold leaf might evoke an extravagant feel. The subject matter and style of a painting could also reflect the formality of a room, the current season, and the tastes of the owner. This gallery surrounds visitors with large–scale paintings to show how they create different moods.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 3 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Amusements at Itsukushima Artist unknown Edo period, 17th century A-12210-1
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Kabuki Theater and Other Amusements Artist unknown Edo period, 17th century Lent by the Agency for Cultural Affairs
Scenes In and Around Kyoto Artist unknown Edo period, 17th century Private collection
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