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Twenty Drawings Depicting the Early Life of Taddeo Zuccaro
Federico Zuccaro (Italian, about 1541 - 1609)
Pen and brown ink and brown wash over black chalk
In this series of twenty drawings, Federico Zuccaro illustrated the early life of his older brother Taddeo Zuccaro, from the hardships of his early training in Rome until his first artistic triumph at the age of eighteen. In addition to the sixteen scenes from Taddeo's life, the series includes four drawings of allegorical Virtues flanking the Zuccaro emblem. The drawings vividly convey a sense of the artist's material and intellectual life in Renaissance Rome. Details of studio practice join depictions of precise locations, monuments, and antiquities and references to the great artistic personalities of the Renaissance, including Michelangelo and Raphael. Scholars believe that the shape of the drawings shows that they were studies for decorative ceiling panels. Because so many of the sheets contain images of Rome, they may have been intended for frescoes in the Palazzo Zuccari in Rome. In Federico's will of 1603, he left his palazzo to the Accademia di San Luca so that it could be used as a hostel for poor, young artists coming to study in the capital. The imagery of Taddeo's early struggles would have been an appropriate reminder for the students at the beginning of their careers.
possibly by 1735
Paignon-Dijonval, 1708-1792, by descent to his grandson Charles Gilbert, Vicomte Morel de Vinde.
Source: Sotheby's 1990, Introduction.
Charles Gilbert, Vicomte Morel de Vinde, sold with his entire collection to Samuel Woodburn, 1816.
Samuel Woodburn, English, 1786 - 1853, sold to Thomas Dimsdale.
Thomas Dimsdale, English, 1758-1823, bought at his death by Samuel Woodburn.
Source: preface of Lawrence Gallery catalogue, 1836.
Samuel Woodburn, English, 1786 - 1853
Sir Thomas Lawrence, British, 1769 - 1830, at his death his entire collection reverted to Samuel Woodburn, 1830.
Samuel Woodburn, English, 1786 - 1853 [Christie's, 4 June 1860, part of lot 1074], bought by Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1860.
June 4, 1860
Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1792 - 1872, by descent to his grandson Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick.
Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick, English, 1856 - 1938, sold to Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach, 1930.
A.S.W. Rosenbach, New York
Philip H. and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, Philadelphia, American
British Rail Pension Trustee Company, Ltd. [Sotheby's, New York, 11 January 1990, lots 1-20, sold as one lot.], bought by Finicore Investment Group, 1990.
January 11, 1990
Finicore Investment Group [Christie's, New York, 28 January 1999, lot 035], sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1999.