Caricature of a Man Wearing a Large Hat Artist: Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) (Italian, Bologna, 1591–1666)

ca. 1630–40

Prints and Drawings

The genre of caricature developed in the early seventeenth century, particularly under the influence of the Carracci family, whose Academy was one of the primary training grounds for what came to be known as Baroque art. Naturalistic studies like the life drawing by Domenichino in the Yale University Art Gallery's collection (2003.103) were the most obvious aspect of the Carracci reform of painting, but a caricature's distortion or overemphasis of a particular feature of a person required equally careful study of the subject's appearance. The idea of truth revealed through distortion was a fascinating conceit to Baroque artists and patrons. Guercino became one of the foremost caricaturists of his time, and this sheet is one of the largest and most humorous of his drawings in the genre.


Pen and brown ink


sheet: 11 15/16 × 9 1/16 in. (30.4 × 23 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Edmund P. Pillsbury, B.A. 1965

Accession Number



17th century


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Partly illegible collector's stamp lower left, recto, probably L.106, Alfonso IV d'Este (1634-62); Sotheby's, London, 20 May 1985, #484 (as Bolognese 17th century); Mia Weiner sale cat., Nov. 1985 (as Guercino); Edmund P. Pillsbury, Fort Worth, Texas, acquired 1985, by whom given
  • Richard Brettell et al., From the Private Collections of Texas: European Art, Ancient to Modern, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2009), 77-78, fig. 71.
  • Lisa Hodermarsky, Suzanne Boorsch, and John J. Marciari, Master Drawings from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006), 27, 140–41, no. 43, ill.
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Object/Work type

caricatures, portraits


Notations, in graphite, at LR corner of recto: 305 / 230 / 1/ c

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