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Reza Abbasi

Although Reza Abbasi is undoubtedly an Iranian painter of paramount importance, very little is known about his life. Son of All Asghar Kashi, he was born in Kashan but soon left his home town to work in the court of Shah Abbas I in Isfahan. He died in 1634, having left an amazing legacy that included not only numerous miniatures used in the illumination of Safavid manuscripts, but also great frescos on the walls of the most important Safavid palaces such as Ali Qapu (pp 78-81). Reza Abbasi preferred naturalistic subjects and portraiture to the illustrative themes that had dominated Persian miniature in the foregoing years.

Although his work is somewhat stylized, the exquisite delicacy of the details infuses his paintings with an impressionistic quality. Reza Abbasi was also a master of line drawing, a form of art not popular in the Islamic world before the end of the 16th century. Reza Abbasi’s works were quite successfully imitated by his students, among which Shafi, Reza’s son, and Moin al- Mosavvar were most talented. Shafi’s pictures, showing exuberant birds and flowers, caused him to become one of the chief textile designers for Shah Abbas II, While Moin Mosavvar was responsible for some of the finest illustrated manuscripts in the 17th century.

 Refrence(s):

- Beheshti, Oksana (2003). Travel guide to Isfahan, Kashan and more. Iran. Tehran. Rozaneh publication.

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