Sleeping Youth (verso), Illustration from a Single Page Manuscript

Reza Abbasiearly 1600s

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

The Iranian painter Riza ‘Abbasi spearheaded the new style with single figures, receding space, and partial modeling, influenced by European travelers to Iran and painters who accompanied foreign embassies, one being John the Dutchman who in 1626 painted narrative scenes on palace walls of Shah ‘Abbas I. This sleeping youth displays a prestigious sash and has removed his equally opulent turban.

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  • Title: Sleeping Youth (verso), Illustration from a Single Page Manuscript
  • Creator: Riza-yi Abbasi (Iranian)
  • Date Created: early 1600s
  • Physical Dimensions: Image: 21 x 12.4 cm (8 1/4 x 4 7/8 in.); Overall: 31.6 x 20.4 cm (12 7/16 x 8 1/16 in.)
  • Type: Manuscript
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1944.494.b
  • Medium: opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Inscriptions: script: none
  • Fun Fact: Paintings like this frequently illustrated collections of verses about love and beauty; these themes often appear to serve as allegories of things divine.
  • Department: Islamic Art
  • Culture: Iran. Isfahan, Safavid Period, early 17th Century
  • Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
  • Collection: Islamic Art
  • Accession Number: 1944.494.b

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