Rosebushes, Bees, and a Dragonfly
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.
Ink on paper
AH 1079 /1668-1669 CE
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)
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