Young Man in Portuguese Dress

Object Name: Illustrated single work

Date: mid-17th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran

Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Dimensions: Painting: H. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
W. 3 15/16 in. (10 cm)
Page: H. 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm)
W. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Mat: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm)
W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1955

Accession Number: 55.121.23


The arrival of European traders was soon reflected in the art of Safavid Iran. Male dress, poses from oil portraits, and the depiction of architecture and landscapes were all incorporated into traditional Persian paintings. Here the languid, handsome youth popular in many early seventeenth-century albums appears in the type of costume worn by Portuguese visitors to the court.