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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 1735-1792
Paignon-Dijonval, French, 1708 - 1792, by inheritance to Charles Gilbert, Vicomte Morel de Vinde, 1792.
Charles Gilbert, Vicomte Morel de Vinde, French, 1759 - 1842, sold to Samuel Woodburn, 1816.
Samuel Woodburn, English, 1786 - 1853, sold to Thomas Dimsdale, 1816.
Thomas Dimsdale, English, 1758 - 1823, sold at his death to Samuel Woodburn, 1823.
Samuel Woodburn, English, 1786 - 1853, sold to Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1823.
Sir Thomas Lawrence, British, 1769 - 1830
Estate of Sir Thomas Lawrence, British, 1769 - 1830, collection reverted to Samuel Woodburn, 1835.
Samuel Woodburn, English, 1786 - 1853
Estate of Samuel Woodburn, English, 1786 - 1853 [sold, The Lawrence-Woodburn collection, Christie's, London, Jun. 4, 1860, lot 1074 to Sir Thomas Phillipps.]
Sir Thomas Phillipps, first Bart, British, 1792 - 1872, by inheritance to Katharine Fenwick, 1872.
Katharine Fenwick, English, 1829 - 1913, by inheritance to Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick, 1913.
Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick, English, 1856 - 1938, sold to Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach, 1930.
Abraham Simon Wolf Rosenbach, American, 1876 - 1952
and Philip H. Rosenbach, American, 1863 - 1953
Philip H. and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, Philadelphia, sold through private dealer to British Railway Pension Trustee Company, Ltd., 1977/78.
British Railway Pension Trustee Company, Ltd. [sold, Sotheby's, New York, 11 January 1990, lots 1-20 to Finicore Investment Group.]
Finicore Investment Group [sold, Christie's, New York, 28 January 1999, lot 35 to the J. Paul Getty Museum.]
One Hundred Original Drawings by Zucchero, Andrea del Sarto, Polidore da Caravaggio and Fra Bartolomeo (April 1836)
- Lawrence Gallery (London), April 1 to April 30, 1836
Taddeo Zuccaro: An Artist's Life in Renaissance Rome (June 15 to August 29, 1999)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 15 to August 29, 1999
Taddeo and Federico Zuccaro: Artist-Brothers in Renaissance Rome (October 2, 2007 to January 6, 2008)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 2, 2007 to January 6, 2008