Torii Kiyonobu , (Japanese, 1664-1729)
Ink, color, and gold on paper
H: 41.0 W: 69.7 cm
Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1898.14
The painting has a document that identifies the actors as Ichikawa Danjuro II in the role of Soga no Goro and Ogawa Zengoro in the role of Kudo no Suketsune. The third character, Asahina no Saburo, is played by Tomizawa Hanzaburo.
One of the finest surviving works by Torii Kiyonobu, who belonged to a lineage of artists specializing in portrayals of Kabuki actors, this painting captures the vitality and excitement of Kabuki performance in the Edo period.