Twenty Drawings Depicting the Early Life of Taddeo Zuccaro

Object Details

Title:

Twenty Drawings Depicting the Early Life of Taddeo Zuccaro

Artist/Maker:

Federico Zuccaro (Italian, about 1541 - 1609)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1595

Medium:

Pen and brown ink and brown wash over black chalk

Object Number:

99.GA.6

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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.

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Provenance
possibly by 1735-1792

Paignon-Dijonval, French, 1708 - 1792, by inheritance to Charles Gilbert, Vicomte Morel de Vinde, 1792.

1792-1816

Charles Gilbert, Vicomte Morel de Vinde, French, 1759 - 1842, sold to Samuel Woodburn, 1816.

1816

Samuel Woodburn, English, 1786 - 1853, sold to Thomas Dimsdale, 1816.

1816-1823

Thomas Dimsdale, English, 1758 - 1823, sold at his death to Samuel Woodburn, 1823.

1823

Samuel Woodburn, English, 1786 - 1853, sold to Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1823.

1823-1830

Sir Thomas Lawrence, British, 1769 - 1830

1830-1835

Estate of Sir Thomas Lawrence, British, 1769 - 1830, collection reverted to Samuel Woodburn, 1835.

1835-1853

Samuel Woodburn, English, 1786 - 1853

1853-1860

Estate of Samuel Woodburn, English, 1786 - 1853 [sold, The Lawrence-Woodburn collection, Christie's, London, Jun. 4, 1860, lot 1074 to Sir Thomas Phillipps.]

1860-1872

Sir Thomas Phillipps, first Bart, British, 1792 - 1872, by inheritance to Katharine Fenwick, 1872.

1872-1913

Katharine Fenwick, English, 1829 - 1913, by inheritance to Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick, 1913.

1813-1930

Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick, English, 1856 - 1938, sold to Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach, 1930.

1930-1952

Abraham Simon Wolf Rosenbach, American, 1876 - 1952

1953

and Philip H. Rosenbach, American, 1863 - 1953

1953-1977

Philip H. and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, Philadelphia, sold through private dealer to British Railway Pension Trustee Company, Ltd., 1977/78.

1978-1990

British Railway Pension Trustee Company, Ltd. [sold, Sotheby's, New York, 11 January 1990, lots 1-20 to Finicore Investment Group.]

1990-1999

Finicore Investment Group [sold, Christie's, New York, 28 January 1999, lot 35 to the J. Paul Getty Museum.]

Exhibitions
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