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ID: 500116631
 
Record Type: Person
Riza (Persian painter, draftsman, and court artist, ca. 1565-1635)

Note: Riza, son of 'Ali Asghar, was a leading artist under the Safavid shah Abbas I (reigned 1588-1629). He is noted primarily for having created portraits and genre scenes. The various names for this artist and the attributions of paintings in his oeuvre are somewhat uncertain, since his signatures and contemporary documentary references to him are ambiguous. Most scholars agree that the artist, Aqa Riza, who is named by Safavid chroniclers, is the same person as Riza in the court of Abbas (thus, "Abassi"), and that the artist's style changed significantly at mid-life. Others believe that two different artists with similar names are responsible for the oeuvre generally attributed to Riza. His early paintings display a fine, almost calligraphic linear style with mainly primary colors; the palette of his later works is darker and earthier, and the lines are coarser and heavier. He was probably born in Kāshān and he probably died in Eṣfahān.

Names:
Riza (preferred,V,display,English,NA,U)
Riza (Persian-Farsi (transliterated),NA,U)
Riżā (V,Persian-Farsi (transliterated),NA,U)
Reza (V,Persian-Farsi (transliterated),NA,U)
Riza 'Abbasi (V)
Āqā Riżā (V,Persian-Farsi (transliterated),NA,U)
Āqā Riżā Kāshānī (V,Persian-Farsi (transliterated),NA,U)
Riżā-yi 'Abbāsī (V,Persian-Farsi (transliterated),NA,U)
Riżā-yi `Abbāsī (U)

Nationalities:
Persian (preferred)
Iranian

Roles:
artist (preferred)
painter
draftsman
court artist  ....  under 'Abbas (reigned 1588-1629)

Gender: male

Birth and Death Places:
Born:  Kashan (Eṣfahān province, Iran) (inhabited place)
Died:  Eṣfahān (Eṣfahān province, Iran) (inhabited place)

Events:
active:   Mashhad (Khorāsān, Iran) (inhabited place)

Related People or Corporate Bodies:
parent of ....  Muhammad Shafi'  
................  (Persian painter, active ca. 1628-1674) [500114953]
teacher of ....  Muhammad Qasim Tabrizi  
..................  (Persian illustrator, painter, and poet, died 1659) [500116629]
teacher of ....  Muhammad Yusuf  
..................  (Persian painter, active ca. 1636-1666) [500116632]
teacher of ....  Mu'in  
..................  (Persian illustrator and painter, active ca. 1635-1697) [500116630]

List/Hierarchical Position:
 ....  Persons, Artists
 ........  Riza (I)

Biographies:
(Persian painter, draftsman, and court artist, ca. 1565-1635) ..... [VP Preferred]
(Persian painter, 1565-1635) ..... [Grove Art]

Sources and Contributors:
Āqā Riżā ........ [Grove Art, VP]
.................  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
.................  Grove Dictionary of Art online (1999-2002) accessed 6 Aug 2003
Āqā Riżā Kāshānī ........ [Grove Art, VP]
................................  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
................................  Grove Dictionary of Art online (1999-2002) accessed 6 Aug 2003
Reza ........ [Grove Art, VP]
...........  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
...........  Grove Dictionary of Art online (1999-2002) accessed 6 Aug 2003
Riza ........ [Grove Art Preferred, VP Preferred]
...........  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
...........  Grove Dictionary of Art online (1999-2002) accessed 6 Aug 2003
Riżā ........ [Grove Art, VP]
...........  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
...........  Grove Dictionary of Art online (1999-2002) accessed 6 Aug 2003
Riza 'Abbasi ........ [VP]
..........................  Metropolitan Museum of Art [online] (2003-) accessed 1 September 2004
Riżā-yi 'Abbāsī ........ [VP]
................................  Grove Dictionary of Art online (1999-2002) accessed 6 Aug 2003
Riżā-yi `Abbāsī ........ [Grove Art]
................................  Grove Art artist database (1989-)

Subject: ........ [Grove Art, VP]
....................  Bénézit, Dictionnaire des Peintres (1976)
....................  Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art (1983) 73-83
....................  Encyclopedia of World Art (1959-1987)
....................  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
....................  Grove Dictionary of Art online (1999-2002) accessed 6 Aug 2003
....................  Metropolitan Museum of Art [online] (2003-) accessed 1 September 2004
....................  Thieme-Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon der Kunstler (1980-1986)
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
.......... Grove Dictionary of Art online (1999-2002) accessed 6 Aug 2003
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