February 16, 1543, Kyoto – October 12, 1590
Kanō Eitoku (狩野 永徳) was a Japanese painter who lived during the Azuchi–Momoyama period of Japanese history and one of the most prominent patriarchs of the Kanō school of Japanese painting.
Born in Kyoto, Eitoku was the grandson of Kanō Motonobu (1476–1559), an official painter for the Ashikaga shogunate. He was recognized for his artistic talent at a very young age. Under Motonobu’s guidance, he developed his grandfather’s style, which had influence from Chinese painting.
His signal contribution to the Kanō repertoire was the so-called monumental style (taiga), characterized by bold, rapid brushwork, an emphasis on foreground, and motifs that are large relative to the pictorial space.