Left (a):old man with spectacles; right (b): portrait of painter Shafi' al-'Abbasi

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At A Glance

  • Period

    1630s-1640s
  • Geography

    Probably Isfahan, Iran
  • Material

    Ink and white lead on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (.17a): 10.8 x 8.3 cm (4 1/4 x 3 1/4 in)
  • Accession Number

    F1953.17a-b
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_F1953.17a-b

Object Details

  • Artist

    Riza Abbasi (ca. 1565-1635)
  • Description

    Left: "Old man with spectacles" (a): Unfinished sketch applied with white lead (now discolored). Drawing on cream-colored paper; Right: "Portrait of painter Shafi' al-'Abbasi" (b): Leaf, partly tinted with red, later attached to F1953.17A. Fine pencil drawing on light, cream-colored paper.
  • Inscriptions

    The name Shafi al-Abbasi--a noted 17th century flower painter--is inscribed on the drawing on the left and it has been argued that, because of the subject matter, the image on the right might depict Shafi.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Riza-i Abbasi Album (May 10, 1985 to September 3, 1985)
    The Brush of the Masters: Drawings from Iran (October 14, 1978 to May 30, 1979)
    Collection of Friedrich and Maria Sarre (1932)
    Die Ausstellung Islamischer Buchkunst im Berliner "Art of the Islamic Book" (February to April, 1910)
    Ausstellung von Meisterwerken Mohammedanischer Kunst in München (May to October 1910)
  • Origin

    Probably Isfahan, Iran
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

    Drawing
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