Albums of scenes from The Tale of Genji

Tosa Mitsunori Japanese

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A miniaturized version of ink-line (hakubyō) painting emerged during the Momoyama and early Edo periods, marking a turn in monochromatic depictions of The Tale of Genji. This genre is best represented by the virtuosic work of Tosa Mitsunori. Like polychrome examples of Genji painting, these albums contain one or more scenes for each chapter. They present a new, polished manner of monochrome painting that renders original compositions at a dramatically reduced scale with rich detail that rewards close inspection.

Albums of scenes from The Tale of Genji, Tosa Mitsunori (Japanese, 1583–1638), Two albums of thirty leaves; ink, red pigment, and gold on paper, Japan

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