Attributed to Riza-yi `Abbasi (Persian, ca. 1565–1635)
Illustrated single work
Attributed to Iran
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
H. 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm)
W. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)
Gift of Alexander Smith Cochran, 1913
Not on view
Despite the absence of a signature, this portrait of a man pulling a shawl around his shoulders bears many of the stylistic hallmarks of the artist Riza working at the court of Shah ‘Abbas I around 1600. The rounded cheeks and slight double chin appear on many of Riza’s paintings of youths, but the shape of the figure’s small "bee-stung" lips is nearly identical to that of several other figures from the same period. The fineness of the artist’s brushstrokes on which his contemporaries remarked is evident in the soft fuzz of the figure’s fur hat and delicately painted eyebrows. Even the gold x’s on his robe are specific to this period of Riza’s career and presumably reflect a style of that moment. Such paintings were made for inclusion in albums and were particularly popular in the seventeenth century when portraiture became one of the favorite genres of Persian painting.
Alexander Smith Cochran, Yonkers, NY (until 1913; gifted to MMA)
Palm Beach, FL. The Society of the Four Arts. "Loan to the Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Fl," February 2, 1962–February 27, 1962, no catalogue.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Making of a Collection," October 24, 2011–February 26, 2012, no catalogue.
Valentiner, William Reinhold. "The Cochran Collection of Persian Manuscripts." Museum of Metropolitan Art Bulletin, old series, vol. 8 (1913). pp. 80-86.
Dimand, Maurice S., ed. "Dated Specimens of Mohammedan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." MMA Studies 1, pt.2 (1929). fig. 14.