Study of a Bird

Painting by Riza-yi 'Abbasi Iranian

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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.

#6727. Overview: Early Album Paintings

Study of a Bird, Painting by Riza-yi 'Abbasi (Iranian, ca. 1565–d. 1635), Ink, opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper

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