Trivium Art HistoryFarrukh Beg

A Sufi Sage, The Personification of Melancholia

A Sufi Sage, The Personification of Melancholia, 1615 — Farrukh Beg
38.2 cm25.6 cm

A Sufi Sage, The Personification of Melancholia is a Mughal, Oil on Paper Painting created by Farrukh Beg in 1615. It lives at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha in Qatar. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Malaise, and Old Age. Source

The Sufi sage was painted near the end of Farrukh Beg's long career — a distinctly autobiographical image of an old man lost in thought, eyes downcast and faced away from the bloom of nature behind him. The work was inspired by a game of continental 'telephone' — Farrukh having interpreted an engraving by Dutch artist Raphael Sadeler, who was working from an artwork by Maarten de Vos’s 'Dolor', which was inspired in part by Dürer’s Melancholia.

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