Seated Man

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Seated Man


Roelandt Savery (Flemish, 1576 - 1639)




1606 to 1609


Pen and brown ink and graphite


15.4 × 17.6 cm (6 1/16 × 6 15/16 in.)

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A bearded old man squats on the ground, his body enveloped in a large cape. Tufts of hair stick out from under a cap, which is pulled low over his forehead, while a broad-brimmed hat lies beside him on the ground. The man's right foot ends abruptly in a bandaged stump resting in front of him; his other foot is tucked behind. Roelandt Savery emphasized the cloak's volume and shape using a system of cross-hatching with short, hooked strokes of the pen.

This drawing comes from a series of studies similar in subject and style. On many of the sheets, the artist inscribed the words naer het leven, which suggests that each scene was drawn from life rather than from the artist's imagination. At a time when most drawings were prepared in the studio, this fact was unusual enough to be worth noting. The notations surrounding the figure suggest possible colors, perhaps for use in a painting.

The Age of Breughel: Netherlandish Drawings in the Sixteenth Century (November 2, 1986 to April 5, 1987)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), November 2, 1986 to January 11, 1987
  • Pierpont Morgan Library (New York), January 29 to April 5, 1987
Drapery and Costume in European Drawings of the 15th through the 18th Century (March 28 to June 11, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), March 28 to June 11, 1995
Flemish Drawings of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (August 29 to November 12, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), August 29 to November 12, 1995
Peter Paul Rubens and the Art of Drawing in Flanders (August 29 to October 22, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), August 29 to October 22, 2000
Drawing in the Age of Rubens (October 14, 2014 to January 11, 2015)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 14, 2014 to January 11, 2015