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Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
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.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1944.494.b
Paintings like this frequently illustrated collections of verses about love and beauty; these themes often appear to serve as allegories of things divine.
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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