Sunday, June 22, 2014

Nobunaga Portrait

This is a portrait of Oda Nobunaga painted by Kano Motohide (Soshu) on the order by Yogo Kyu Saburo Masakatsu in 1583, a year after Nobunaga's death.  The painting is a national cultural treasure and it is located at Chokoji Temple Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture.  This is one of the most common portrait of Nobunaga in history books and magazines.

Chokoji Temple that was burned down in 1567 by Nobunaga and his army.  Eventually, it was rebuilt.

Now this is supposedly a portrait of Nobunaga by an Italian Jesuit Giovanni Niccolo.  However, there is a theory that is a picture of an Oda descendant taken in the early Meiji Era.

Tenka no tame!


D_A Renoir said...

That portrait is actually of his descendant?

Wow, even if that's only a theory, I've never heard of this before...

Eleonora Nappi said...

--It does sound weird that a picture can be mistaken for a drawing... Can this artwork be seen somewhere? I never found anything about its location.