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Many artworks from famous artists can be seen in hanging scroll online art galleries. You can visit them to learn more about the beauty of hanging scrolls or to purchase these decors for your home. Here are several famous hanging scroll art to look for.

Kantei is a famous landscape painting mounted in a pair of hanging scrolls. It features a Chinese multistoried building beside a lake, where a boat is seen carrying a solitary figure. The foreground of the painting is composed of two tall pine trees, while on the left portion, two figures of men can be seen approaching the pavilion. Each scroll bears a square seal that reads – Kantei, and a dozen of or so of this painting has been found. Many speculated that Kantei is a priest from Toshodai-ji temple from the Muromachi period (1333 – 1568), and could have been a student of Shubun, a famous monochrome landscape artist.

A recently rediscovered Japanese hanging scroll painting, JIgoku dayo or Hell Courtesan, is also worth mentioning. It was crated by the magnificent artist Kawanabe Kyosai, and believed to have been lost for more than half a century. Only two black and white images from the years 1911 and 1942 serve as proof of its existence. Today it has an estimated value of £300,000-500,000. It was last seen in an auction in 1942. The private collector who acquired Jigoku dayo, probably from his ascendant, kept it in a drawer, which preserved the almost immaculate condition of the painting.

Jigoku dayo was also owned by William Anderson, a British surgeon who worked in Japan, and was one of the early woodblock print collectors there. He collected more than 3000 items, which can now be found in the British Museum.

Legends of the Kitano Shrine (Kitano Tenjin Engi Emaki) is also an important 5-piece handscroll of the Kamakura Period. Tosa Mitsuoki created it, the son of Tosa Mitsunori of the Tosa School. He was regarded as the last great artist of Tosa School. Many of his successors adapted his painting styles, but have gone repetitive throughout time. An unknown writer compiled the texts found in the Legends of the Kitano Shrine. Engi refers to a narrative that tackles the origin of Buddhist temples and shrines. The painting tells the tale of Sugawara Michizane, a tragic aristocrat and scholar, who killed himself because of a slander caused by a rival in court. His spirit seeks vengeance, and instigated natural disasters to harm his oppressors.


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