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Allegories of Fortitude and Patience
Federico Zuccaro (Italian, about 1541 - 1609)
Pen and brown ink, brush with brown wash, over black chalk
17.3 x 42 cm (6 13/16 x 16 9/16 in.)
Allegorical figures of Fortitude and Patience sit on either side of a large, empty circle that Federico probably intended to contain a device, such as the sugar loaf belonging to the Zuccaro family. Fortitude, one of the four cardinal virtues, sits on the left, symbolizing courage, strength, and endurance. A lion signifying bravery crouches at her feet, while an ox peers over her shoulder. On the right, Patience carries the yoke of servitude or obedience and sits with a lamb at her feet. An ass stands behind her.
The drawing's irregular shape and viewpoint suggest to scholars that it was intended for a ceiling decoration. 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.
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. 6)