Muin Musavvir

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Muin Musavvir (Persian: معین مصور‎‎) (1708–1617)[1] was a Persian miniaturist, one of the most famous painters of the Safavid period.

Early life[edit]

He received his training from the master artist Reza Abbasi, a pioneer of the Isfahan School. He enjoyed a long and successful career stretching from around 1630 to 1697.[2]

Muin Musavvir: Rustam kills Suhrab, Shahnameh by Ferdowsi, 1649. British Museum

Muin was born in Isfahan and probably spent all of his life in this city.


He is notable as a master in illustration paintings specially figures of people. His compositions depicting banquet and battle scenes are well known. Muin created a unique style that was exploited from Isfahan conditions in that era. It was distinguishable from Chinese and Mughal styles.[3] He specialized in illuminated manuscripts and border decorations.

He illustrated animals and landscapes and other Aqa Mirak styles with significant virtuosity. He mostly used watercolor in his painting and remained faithful to the Isfahan school and Reza Abbasi. Other prominent painters influenced him, including Behzad, Mohammadi and Sadiqi Beg. He had several prominent pupils. Some of his manuscripts are signed by them. He was contemporary and friend of famous painters including Shafi' Abbasi.[citation needed]