ʿALĪ-NAQĪ, a Safavid miniature painter whose works follow the manner of his father, Shaikh ʿAbbāsī; he is known from the inscriptions on seven paintings dated between 1096/1684-85 and 1112/1700-01. A pen-case (qalamdān) by him in the Īrān Bāstān Museum in Tehran is dated either 1103/1691-92 or 1113/1701-02. Like his father and his brother, Moḥammad-Taqī, ʿAlī-Naqī is an eclectic whose work is subject to European and Indian stylistic influences. His paintings are equal to the best of his father’s output in quality and he is a more audacious colorist.


P. W. Schulz, Die persisch-islamische Miniaturmalerei, Leipzig, 1914, I, p. 198.

Art Persan Collection Savadjian, Hotel Drouot, Paris, 23 November 1960, lot 43.

B. W. Robinson, “The Shāhnāmeh Manuscript Cochran 4 in the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” Islamic Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, ed.

R. Ettinghausen, New York, 1972, pp. 76, 77, no. 2, 78, nos. 17, 18.

M. Zebrowski, Deccani Painting, London, 1983, pl. 166.

(R. Skelton)

Originally Published: December 15, 1985

Last Updated: August 2, 2011

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R. Skelton, “ʿALĪ-NAQĪ,” Encyclopædia Iranica, I/8, p. 870, available online at http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/ali-naqi-safavid-miniature-painter (accessed on 30 December 2012).