Romanino probably trained as a painter in his native Brescia but soon came under the influence of Venetian painting. The subject of this sketch, a group of ladies and a satyr playing music in a landscape, was inspired by works by Giorgione and Titian, the predominant Venetian painters of the early sixteenth century. In this sheet the artist tried more than one compositional idea, changing the satyr at far right from a standing to a seated position. The drawing has been connected to frescoes with similar themes that Romanino painted in the Castello del Buonconsiglio in Trent in 1531–32.
Inscription: Annotated in pencil at the lower right, probably in the late nineteenth century: Giorgione.
Luigi Grassi, Florence (Lugt Suppl. 1171b); Frits Lugt, Paris; Grassi sale 1924, lot 107, ill. Acquired by Robert Lehman in 1924.
Artist: Fra Bartolomeo (Bartolomeo di Paolo del Fattorino) (Italian, Florence 1473–1517 Florence)Date: ca. 1501Medium: Pen and brown ink, traces of black chalk; mounted on an album pageAccession: 1975.1.270On view in:Gallery 964