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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Aqa Riza (Riza ‘Abbasi), Persian (c. 1560-70 - 1635)
Young Man in a Blue Cloak
Work Type
c. 1587
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran, Qazvin
Safavid period
Physical Descriptions
Ink, color and gold on paper
image: 17.6 x 7.3 cm (6 15/16 x 2 7/8 in.)
F. R. Martin. Sarah C. Sears collection, Boston, MA, (by 1935). Mrs. J. D. Cameron Bradley, (by 1936), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1936.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Sarah C. Sears Collection
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Publication History

Eric Schroeder, Persian Miniatures in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1942), pp. 116-134, fig. 21

Basil Gray, La Peinture Persane, Skira (Geneve, 1961), p. 137

Ivan Stchoukine, Les peintures des manuscrits de Shah Abbas Ier à la fin des Safavis, P. Geuthner (Paris, 1964), pp. 100, 190-191

Anthony Welch, Shah 'Abbas and the Arts of Isfahan, exh. cat., Asia Society Museum (New York, NY, 1973), pp. 28, 64, fig. 6

Anthony Welch, Artists for the Shah: Late Sixteenth-Century Painting at the Imperial Court of Iran, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, CT, 1976), pp. 101, 129, pl. 6

Basil Gray, Persian Painting, Skira (New York, NY, 1977), p. 161

Marianna Shreve Simpson, Arab and Persian Painting in the Fogg Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1980), pp. 12, 52, 82-83, no. 29, ill.

Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom, Art and Architecture of Islam: 1250 - 1800 (New Haven, CT, 1994), 179, fig.222

Dr. Sheila R. Canby, The Rebellious Reformer: The Drawings and Paintings of Riza-yi Abbasi of Isfahan, Azimuth Editions Ltd. (London, England, 1996), Page 26 & 179/Figure 1

Oleg Grabar, Mostly Miniatures: An Introducation to Persian Painting, Princeton University Press (Princeton, 2000), p 76/fig 37

Giovanni Curatola and Gianroberto Scarcia, Iran L'art Persiana, Jaca (Milan, 2003), p 215, fig. 170

David Roxburgh, The Persian Album, 1400 - 1600: from Dispersal to Collection, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, 2005), p 324/ fig 173

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 83

Exhibition History

Arab and Persian Painting, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/10/1981 - 03/09/1981

Portraiture in Iran and India, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 12/09/1983 - 02/01/1984

In Detail: Looking at Persian, Turkish and Indian Pictures, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/11/1995 - 01/21/1996

Sewn Together With Peace of Mind, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/29/1997 - 06/08/1997

32Q: 2550 Islamic, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/02/2016 - 04/26/2017

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

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