Taddeo in the Belvedere Court in the Vatican Drawing the Laocoön

Object Details

Title:

Taddeo in the Belvedere Court in the Vatican Drawing the Laocoön

Artist/Maker:

Federico Zuccaro (Italian, about 1541 - 1609)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1595

Medium:

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

Dimensions:

17.5 × 42.5 cm (6 7/8 × 16 3/4 in.)

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Having recovered from his illness, Taddeo Zuccaro returned to Rome to study both classical and contemporary works of art. He sits in the courtyard of the Vatican Belvedere, sketching the Laocoön. Around him are the Apollo Belvedere and the river gods of the Tiber and the Nile. An inkwell and pen box sit at his feet as he draws.

The highlights of Roman architecture stretch out below Taddeo, including the papal apartments of the Vatican decorated by Raphael. Federico Zuccaro singled them out for notice with his label, le camere di Rafaello (Raphael's apartments). On the right is the new Saint Peter's basilica under construction. The left side of the courtyard was still open in the 1540s, but it was closed in later in the century.

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Provenance
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Paignon-Dijonval, French, 1708 - 1792

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Charles Gilbert, Vicomte Morel de Vinde

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Samuel Woodburn, English, 1786 - 1853

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Thomas Dimsdale, English, 1758 - 1823

1823

Samuel Woodburn, English, 1786 - 1853

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Sir Thomas Lawrence, British, 1769 - 1830

1830

Samuel Woodburn, English, 1786 - 1853

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Christie's (London), part of lot 1074

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Sir Thomas Phillips

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Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick, English, 1856 - 1938

1930

A.S.W. Rosenbach, New York

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Philip H. and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, Philadelphia, American

1978

British Rail Pension Trustee Company, Ltd.

January 11, 1990

Sotheby's (New York), lots 1-20

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Finicore Investment Group

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
Making a Prince's Museum: Drawings for the Late Eighteenth-Century Redecoration of the Villa Borghese in Rome (June 17 to September 17, 2000)
  • The Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles), June 17 to September 17, 2000
Laocoonte: Alle origini dei Musei Vaticana (November 16, 2006 to February 28, 2007)
  • Musei Vaticani, November 16, 2006 to February 28, 2007
Taddeo and Federico Zuccaro: Artist-Brothers in Renaissance Rome (October 2, 2007 to January 6, 2008) (17)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 2, 2007 to January 6, 2008
In Pursuit of the Classical Ideal: Artists and the Antique (working title) (June 25 to September 26, 2015)
  • Sir John Soane's Museum (London), June 25 to September 26, 2015