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Rosebushes, Bees, and a Dragonfly

Shafi' Abbasi

Arts of the Islamic World

This and the following drawing show the progression of the bird-and-flower genre, which appeared in single-page compositions from the Safavid period to the Qajar era. Shafi’ cAbbasi, the son of Riza cAbbasi (whose work is shown nearby), followed in his talented father’s footsteps as a gifted artist at the Safavid court in Isfahan; his style, however, developed independently, as seen in his drawings of flowers, which reveal an awareness of shading and modeling that probably came from his exposure to European herbal manuscripts.
ARTIST Shafi' Abbasi
MEDIUM Ink on paper
  • Place Made: Isfahan, Iran
  • DATES AH 1079 /1669 C.E.
    DYNASTY Safavid Dynasty
    PERIOD Safavid Period
    DIMENSIONS Page: 8 7/8 x 6 9/16 in. (22.5 x 16.6 cm) Drawing: 7 7/8 x 5 5/8 in. (20 x 14.3 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Wilkinson
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Shafi' Abbasi. Rosebushes, Bees, and a Dragonfly, AH 1079 /1669 C.E. Ink on paper, Page: 8 7/8 x 6 9/16 in. (22.5 x 16.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Wilkinson, 72.26.14 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 72.26.14_IMLS_PS3.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 72.26.14_IMLS_PS3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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