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Taddeo in the Belvedere Court in the Vatican Drawing the Laocoön
Federico Zuccaro (Italian, about 1541 - 1609)
Pen and brown ink, brush with brown wash, over black chalk and touches of red chalk
17.5 × 42.5 cm (6 7/8 × 16 3/4 in.)
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.
possibly by 1735-1792
Paignon-Dijonval, French, 1708 - 1792, by inheritance to Charles Gilbert, Vicomte Morel ed Vinde, 1792.
Charles Gilbert, Vicomte Morel de Vinde, French, 1759 - 1842, sold to Samuel Woodburn, 1816.
Samuel Woodburn, English, 1786 - 1853, sold to Thomas Dimsdale, 1816.
Thomas Dimsdale, English, 1758 - 1823, sold at his death to Samuel Woodburn, 1823.
Samuel Woodburn, English, 1786 - 1853, sold to Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1823.
Sir Thomas Lawrence, British, 1769 - 1830, at his death his entire collection reverted to Sameul Woodburn, 1830.
Samuel Woodburn, English, 1786 - 1853
Estate of Samuel Woodburn, English, 1786 - 1853 [sold, The Lawrence-Woodburn collection, Christie's, London, Jun. 4, 1860, part of lot 1074, to Sir Thomas Phillipps.]
Sir Thomas Phillipps, first Bart, British, 1792 - 1872, by inheritance to Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick, 1872.
Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick, English, 1856 - 1938, sold to A.S.W. Rosenbach.
Philip H. Rosenbach, American, 1863 - 1953, upon his death, transferred to the Philip H. and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, 1953.
Philip H. and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, Philadelphia, American, sold through private deater to British Railway Pension Trustee Company, Ltd., 1977/78.
British Rail Pension Trustee Company, Ltd. [sold, The Life of Taddeo Zuccaro from the Collection of the British Rail Pension Fund, Sotheby's, New York, January 11, 1990, lots 1-20, to Finicore Investment Group.]
Finicore Investment Group [sold, Cabinet Italien, Christie's, New York, January 28, 1999, lot 35, to the J. Paul Getty Museum.]
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- The Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles), June 17 to September 17, 2000
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- Musei Vaticani (Vatican City), November 16, 2006 to February 28, 2007
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
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- Sir John Soane's Museum (London), June 25 to September 26, 2015