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Man attacked by a bear; single-page drawing on a detached album folio. Depiction of a dramatic scene in the countryside. The anguished expression of the man's face, the pose of desperate flight, and the suggestion of the inexorable crunch of the bear's jaws on his leg, evoke this terrible moment with great immediacy. The rapidly executed, fluid line of the man's skirts and the 'hooked sputter' of his turban and sash ends emphasize the drawing's spontaneity. The drawing contains hallmarks of Riza's work in the 1590s, such as the clenched fist, frayed turban and sash ends, and the light wash on the rocks. Two ascriptions to the Persian artist Bihzad (c. 1450-1535) appear at right and lower centre of painting.
Ink and watercolour on paper.
- Production date
- 1590-1595 (circa)
Height: 7 centimetres (Image)
Height: 10.40 centimetres (sheet)
Width: 9 centimetres (Image)
Width: 12.20 centimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
Despite two ascriptions to the late 15th-early 16th century master, Bihzad, this drawing bears the hallmarks of Riza's style. Not only the quality of line, the man's clenched fist and his physiognomy, but also the choice of subject - a dramatic event in the countryside - all have close parallels in Riza's other work of the 1590s. (previous label text; see Canby 1993, p. 98)
In the late 16th century, artists added the depiction of actual events to their repertoire of portraits and manuscript illustrations. Not until the 1670s were explanatory texts added, but such works with or without texts demonstrate the increasing worldliness of artists on the eve of the 17th century. (Canby 1993, p. 98, fig. 64 caption)
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Transferred from the Department of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books (OMPB).
- Middle East
- Registration number