snow covered bare tree and plants on L with five birds; snow covered branch coming down from top in panel 3 with large bird seated on branch; small flying bird in panel 6

Birds in Landscape [left of a pair], first half 17th century

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Although these paintings now exist as a pair of folding screens, this is not how Kano Naonobu designed them. He originally designed them as sliding wall panels. One of the ways you can tell is by looking closely at the far left panel of the right screen, where at the left edge you can see a telltale round repair in the paper surface. This was where one of the door pulls originally was. In that original format—essentially movable, floor-to-ceiling murals—they would have surrounded the room’s occupants, giving them the sense of being immersed in nature.

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Title
Birds in Landscape [left of a pair]
Artist Life
1607 - 1650
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.29.13.1
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snow covered bare tree and plants on L with five birds; snow covered branch coming down from top in panel 3 with large bird seated on branch; small flying bird in panel 6