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A princess in blue and orange

Reza Abbasi, Iranian, b. 16th century

Creation date: ca. 1575
Creation place: Iran

Other Information

Type: Manuscript Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Edwin Binney 3rd
Accession Number: 1971.62
Dimensions: 5 3/4 in. x 3 1/4 in. (14.61 cm x 8.26 cm)

Provenance

H.K. Monif, New York, New York ( - May 2, 1960)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (May 2, 1960 - December 21, 1971)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 21, 1971 - )

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June 2005
Tastes in Asian Art Installation
The cultured elite of Safavid Iran took an interest in compiling albums of pictures that would not necessarily serve as accompaniments to a text. Albums frequently included paintings of individuals, such as this unnamed lady holding a book. Similar to the paintings of beauties by the Safavid court painter Reza Abbasi, this figure seems to float on the page, with sketchy allusions to an outdoor landscape setting around her.
As is typical of the Persian figural style, she is presented in three-quarter view, and her body is obscured beneath textiles ornamented with delicate arabesques painted in gold. The curving contour lines and minimally articulated drape of the skirt convey barely a hint of three-dimensional mass.

SASAPA December 2014
A princess in blue and orange
Iran; ca. 1575
Opaque watercolor on paper
In the mid-sixteenth century, albums combining calligraphy and paintings become popular among connoisseurs
of art. These albums frequently included paintings of fashionable individuals such as this unnamed lady. Similar to the paintings of youths by the Safavid court painter Riza Abbasi, this figure seems to float on the page, with sketchy allusions to an outdoor landscape setting around her. She holds a book open on her knee but the text seems barely able to hold her wandering thoughts.

Gift of Edwin Binney 3rd, 1971.62
Last Updated: 9/5/2017

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Persian and Indian Miniatures from the Collection of Edwin Binney, 3rd The Portland Art Association , 9/28/1962 - 11/29/1962

Islamic Art from the Edwin Binney Collection Phoenix Art Museum , 3/18/1977 - 5/1/1977

Tastes in Asian Art Rotation , 5/28/2005 - 11/6/2005

Persian Art , 12/20/2014 - 00/00/00

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Dr. Edwin Binney, 3rd. Persian and Indian Miniatures, Portland Art Museum. Portland, Oregon, 1962
Page Number: 18, no. 33

Dr. Caron Smith. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 97, Figure Number: 97

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