A Seated Man Wearing a Broad-Brimmed Hat

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A Seated Man Wearing a Broad-Brimmed Hat about 1510 - 1515
This study of a cloaked peasant sitting cross-legged is remarkably informal for a drawing dating from the beginning of the sixteenth century. The precise and carefully executed lines are not wholly typical of Romanino’s draughtsmanship, but a small sketch on the other side confirms the attribution to him. The seated figure is related to the central figure in a small painting by Romanino of Apollo and Marsyas of around 1513. The spontaneity and evident speed at which Romanino used his pen to hatch in the shadows of the cloak reveal that the drawing was done from life.

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The act of establishing a particular person as the creator of a work of art.


The ability to draw skilfully, often refers to technical drawing.


A French term that denotes different types of paintings, such as landscape, portrait or still life. The phrase ‘genre painting’ is used specifically to describe works depicting everyday scenes.

Attribution, Draughtsmanship, Genres


  • Acc. No. D 704
  • Medium Pen and brown ink on paper
  • Size 20.10 x 19.90 cm
  • Credit David Laing Bequest to the Royal Scottish Academy transferred 1910