|KEY WORD : art history / paintings|
|The Kourakuji school. A hereditary school of Buddhist painters *ebusshi 絵仏師 formed in the early 14c by Jouga 浄賀 (fl.c.1295), a priest at Kourakuji 康楽寺, in Shinano 信濃 (present-day Nagano prefecture) province. Members of this school characteristically painted Joudo Shinshuu 浄土真宗 Buddhist subjects in ink with light coloring. Jouga is thought to have painted the Shinran Shounin den-e 親鸞上人伝絵 (Nishihonganji 西本願寺, kyoto) in 1325. In 1343, Jouga's followers Soushun 宗舜 (1293-1370) and Enshun 円舜 (1318-84) collaborated to paint the Honganji Shounin den-e 本願寺聖人伝絵 (Higashihonganji 東本願寺, kyoto). In 1351, Enjaku 円寂, who may be the same artist as Enshun, painted the Shinshuu ressozou 真宗列祖像. The school continued to flourish until the end of the 15c.|
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