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Taddeo at the Entrance to Rome Greeted by Toil, Servitude, and Hardship, and by Obedience and Patience (the Ass and Ox)
Federico Zuccaro (Italian, about 1541 - 1609)
Pen and brown ink, brush with brown wash, over black chalk
40.9 x 17.4 cm (16 1/8 x 6 7/8 in.)
Carrying the yoke, symbol of servitude or obedience in his arms, Taddeo Zuccaro enters Rome through one of the city's gates. The tall, gaunt figure of Servitude welcomes him, and Hardship and Toil peer over her shoulders at the young boy, predicting the hardships he will encounter in the city. Federico Zuccaro labeled each figure so that there would be no mistaking their identity. The ox and ass, representing Fortitude and Patience graze off to the side. Federico placed many of these scenes from his brother's life in exact locations that are easily identifiable. The tower of Old Saint Peter's and Michelangelo's new domed Saint Peter's basilica under construction are visible beyond the city wall. The hoists, ropes, and supports used to build the dome project from the top. The obelisk to the left of the tower was moved from that location to Saint Peter's Square in the 1590s.
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. 4)