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Kano School Painting

The Kano school, a hereditary family of painters employed by the Tokugawa shoguns and other military rulers, dominated Japanese painting from the 16th until the 19th century. In addition, most other major artists of this period studied with Kano masters before developing their own styles. The founders of the Kano school were among the first professional artists to paint Chinese-style ink paintings. Prior to the 15th century, this type of painting was primarily the art of Buddhist monks or amateur painters, who were usually scholars of Chinese thought and culture. Kano mastery of Chinese-style landscape painting also contributed to the success of the school in the 15th century, after this theme became popular.
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