Smithsonian Freer Gallery Sackler Gallery National Museum of Asian Art Gallery Guide to the Visual Poetry
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Literary associations, however, were never completely abandoned. Individual illustrations were assembled in albums (muraqqa'), and frequently incorporated writing or were paired with lyrical verses. Others consisted of figural compositions and poems artfully assembled into a visually coherent whole. One of the most popular subject matters consisted of idealized types, such as the handsome youth, the coy young woman, or the wise old master, already familiar from Persian poetry. By drawing on a conventionalized body of imagery, single-page compositions can be interpreted as pictorial equivalents of poetic sentiments and "visual poems" in their own right.
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Seated Youth, drawing signed by Riza Abbasi
Seated Youth
Painting signed by Riza Abbasi (ca. 1565–1635)
Iran, Isfahan, ca. 1600
Calligraphy signed by Mir Ali (d. 1556)
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Lent by the Art and History Trust    LTS1995.2.75

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