School scene

Detached album folio: School scene, signed by Mir Sayyid Ali
Border: The painting is set in gold rulings in a turquoise blue inner frame and a black outer frame mounted on a bright red paperboard.

Maker(s)
Artist: signed by Sayyid Ali
Patron: Shah Tahmasp (1524 - 1576)
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, ca.1540
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 37.2 x 23.9 cm (14 5/8 x 9 7/16 in)
Geography
Iran, Tabriz
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.221
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Type

Detached album folio

Keywords
cooking, Henri Vever collection, Iran, mosque, muezzin, punishment, reading, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), school, student, teacher, writing, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1912
Georges Demotte (1877-1923), Paris, France. [1]

From 1912 to 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, purchased from Georges Demotte, Paris, France on November 30, 1912. [2]

From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France. [3]

From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France. [4]

Notes:

[1] See Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 7: Chart of Recent Provenance" in An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection, Glenn D. Lowry et al (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 406. See also Glen D. Lowry and Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 2: Ledger of Acquisitions, 1894 and 1907-17" in A Jeweler’s Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 232.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.

[4] See note 3.

Previous Owner(s)

Henri Vever 1854 - 1942
Georges Demotte 1877 - 1923
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Detached album folio: School scene, signed by Mir Sayyid Ali
Border: The painting is set in gold rulings in a turquoise blue inner frame and a black outer frame mounted on a bright red paperboard.

Inscription(s)

On rug: "rely not upon the place of great men; unless you have prepared the quality of greatness in yourself [From the Divan of Hafiz]."

Label

Composed of a series of interrelated scenes, this painting vividly depicts a master disciplining a youth, a group of students copying texts, craftsmen making paper, and several men cooking by an open fire. Although the lively vignettes create the impression of having been drawn from life, they are composed for the most part of stock images. For instance, the setting of the school, the man leaning on a staff, and the master beating a student are all based on details found in sixteenth-century Persian painting. The artist Mir Sayyid-Ali transformed the generic quality of the images into specific scenes by concentrating on the description of minute details, such as the shoes in the niches in front of the school or the colored paper drying in the foreground.

Published References
  • Annals of the Caliphs' Kitchens: Ibn Sayyar al-Warrag's Tenth-Century Baghdadi Cookbook. Islamic History and Civilization, vol. 70 Leiden and Boston. pl. 13.
  • John Seyller in association with the Freer Gallery of Art. Workshop and Patron in Mughal India: The Freer Ramayana and Other Illustrated Manuscripts of 'Abd al-Rahim. Supplementum 42, Zurich and Washington. p. 2, fig. 2.
  • Thomas W. Lentz. Pictures for the Islamic Book: Persian and Indian Painting in the Vever Collection. vol. 1, no. 4 New York, Fall 1988. pp. 8, 25-27, fig. 10.
  • Linda Komaroff. Paintings in Silver and Gold: The Decoration of Persian Metalwork and Its Relationship to Manuscript Illustration. no. 2, Fall 1994. p. 14, fig. 16.
  • The Hague. Catalogus tentoonstelling van islamische kunst. cat. 23, p. 22.
  • Oleg Grabar. Masterpieces of Islamic Art: The Decorated Page from the 8th to the 17th Century., English edition. New York. pp. 36-37, fig. 30.
  • Glenn D. Lowry. Persian Miniatures from the Vever Collection. vol. 18, no. 9 Hong Kong, Spring 1989. pp. 50-51.
  • John Seyller. The Adventures of Hamza: Painting and Storytelling in Mughal India. Washington. cat. 3, pp. 56-57.
  • Priscilla Mary Isin. "Avciliktan Gurmelige - Yemegin Kültürel Tarihi." Avciliktan Gurmelige - Yemegin Kültürel Tarihi. Istanbul, Turkey. p. 78.
  • Anny Gaul. Recipes for a Field: Translating Middle Eastern Cookbooks and the Horizons of Food Studies. Oakland, CA, Summer 2019. p. 91, fig. 2.
  • , Dr. Massumeh Farhad, J.M. Rogers, Marianna Shreve Simpson. Persian Masters: Five Centures of Paintings. Bombay. cat. 10, p. 98.
  • Henry Corbin, Paul Pelliot, Eustache de Lorey. Les Arts de l'Iran, l'ancienne Perse, et Bagdad. Paris. cat. 70, pp. 163-164.
  • Stephen Frederic Dale. The Muslim Empires of the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals., 1st edition. New York and Cambridge. p. 166, fig. 5.
  • Glenn D. Lowry Susan Nemanzee. A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 59, pp. 182-183.
  • Assadullah Souren Melikian-Chirvani. Le Chant du Monde: L'Art de l'Iran safavide, 1501-1736. Exh. cat. Paris. cat. 38, pp. 218-219.
  • Glenn D. Lowry, Milo Cleveland Beach, Elisabeth West FitzHugh, Susan Nemanzee, Janet Snyder. An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 412, pp. 340-341.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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