Bugaku Dances and Music (detail), By Kanō Eigaku, Edo period, 19th century
Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 7
February 21, 2023 (Tue) - April 9, 2023 (Sun)
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.
|Highlight||"Bugaku" Dances and Music||By Kanō Eigaku (1790–1867)||Edo period, 19th century||A-10171|