Painting by Riza-yi `Abbasi (Persian, ca. 1565–1635)
Illustrated single work
dated A.H. 1043/A.D. 1634
Attributed to Iran, Isfahan
Ink, opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper
H. 4.25 in. x W. 7.25 in. (10.8 cm high 18.4 cm wide)
Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art and Rogers Fund, 1985
Not on view
Paintings of birds are less common in the works of Riza-yi 'Abbasi than languorous youths and amorous lovers. Here, with naturalistic precision, he has used fine brushstrokes to render the nightingale’s feathers in minute detail. The bird appears true-to-life and animated, although it is not proportional in relation to the trees in the background. An inscription on the left in black nasta'liq script contains the date of the painting and the painter’s name. This painting is one of the latest works by the artist.
Inscription: On upper and lower left in Persian in nastaʻliq script:
هو/ در روز 3 شنبه پانزدهم/ شهر شعبان المعظم سنة 1033/ به اتمام رسید بجهت جریده
رقم کمینه فقیر حقیر رضاء عباسي/ غفر؟ (عفو) عنه
He (God), finished for an album on the day of Tuesday 15th of the great Sha’ban of the year 1033 (1 of June 1624).
Painter is the humble and poor Reza ‘Abbasi, may God forgive him.
Christie's, London, 28 November, 1983, no. 125; [ Terence McInerney, New York, until 1985; sold to MMA]
Islamic, Indian, South-East Asian Manuscripts, Miniatures and Works of Art.. London: Christie, Manson and Woods, November 28, 1983. no. 125, p. 56, ill. (b/w).
Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. p. 111, ill. fig. 82 (color).
Canby, Sheila R. "The Drawings and Paintings of Riza-Yi Abbasi of Isfahan." In The Rebellious Reformer:
. London: Azimuth Editions, 1996. no. 98, pp. 131-132, ill. p. 131 (color).