Taddeo Drawing after the Antique; In the Background Copying a Facade by Polidoro

Object Details

Title:

Taddeo Drawing after the Antique; In the Background Copying a Facade by Polidoro

Artist/Maker:

Federico Zuccaro (Italian, about 1541 - 1609)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

1595

Medium:

Pen and brown ink, brush with brown wash over black chalk and touches of red chalk

Dimensions:

42.3 × 17.5 cm (16 5/8 × 6 7/8 in.)

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Giorgio Vasari the Renaissance author and painter mentioned that Taddeo Zuccaro "resolved to live by himself and to have recourse to the workshops of Rome where he was by that time known, spending a part of the week doing work for a livelihood, and the rest in drawing." Like every young artist of his day, Taddeo educated himself by learning to copy antique sculptures. In the foreground he busily copies a classical Roman torso set on a carved pedestal. In the background he sits in front of a lavishly decorated palace facade, probably painted by Polidoro da Caravaggio, showing his drawing to another man.

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Exhibitions
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
Work and Play: Everyday Life in Drawings; 1520 - 1820 (July 31 to October 14, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 31 to October 14, 2001
Taddeo and Federico Zuccaro: Artist-Brothers in Renaissance Rome (October 2, 2007 to January 6, 2008) (12)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 2, 2007 to January 6, 2008
The Sculptural Line (January 17 to April 16, 2017)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 17 to April 16, 2017