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Allegories of Faith and Hope, Flanking the Zuccaro Emblem
Federico Zuccaro (Italian, about 1541 - 1609)
Pen and brown ink, brush with brown wash, over black chalk underdrawing
18.1 x 41.7 cm (7 1/8 x 16 7/16 in.)
Allegorical figures of Faith and Hope sit on either side of a sugar loaf stuck with lilies, the Zuccaro family emblem, which plays on the Italian word for sugar, zucchero. Dressed in a long, hooded cloak gathered at her throat, Faith holds a cross in one hand and gestures with the other while a small dog paws her knee. Hope lifts her eyes to heaven, her hands joined in prayer. The light seems to come from the upper left, highlighting one side of the women's faces while casting the other side of their bodies into dark shadow.
The drawing's irregular shape and viewpoint suggest that it was intended for a ceiling decoration
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, (Cat.)
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, (Cat. 1)