The two themes have been treated in numerous Western paintings and sculptures, from which Insho seems to have borrowed compositions and other aspects. Insho’s originality in these paintings is seen in the religious solemnity and intensity expressed through the surfaces of sheets of gold leaf arranged like tiles, moderately deformed shapes, and bold black outlines similar to those used in stained glass.


  • Title: Begining and Ending of Destiny (Pieta)
  • Creator: Domoto Insho
  • Date: 1954
  • Physical Dimensions: w378 x h172 cm
  • Type: Pigment on silk, six folding screen

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