The J. Paul Getty Museum

Design for a Circular Dish (recto); Figure Studies (verso)

Object Details

Title:

Design for a Circular Dish (recto); Figure Studies (verso)

Artist/Maker:

Taddeo Zuccaro (Italian, 1529 - 1566)

Culture:

Italian

Place:

Italy (Place Created)

Date:

about 1553–1556

Medium:

Pen and brown ink, brush with brown wash over stylus underdrawing and black chalk, with traces of red chalk offset (recto); red and black chalk (verso)

Object Number:

91.GG.58

Dimensions:

26.4 × 35.2 cm (10 3/8 × 13 7/8 in.)

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Object Description

Taddeo Zuccaro's design for a metal circular dish or salver assured that dining would be a surprising and humorous experience. The sea monsters along the border fight and embrace each other. A large bearded head, possibly Neptune, gazes up from the bottom of the bowl as if from the ocean's depths, only making himself known as the vessel's contents are emptied. Here Zuccaro explored the problem of accommodating active figures within a circular frame. The reclining female figure at the top shares certain features with the sibyl on the verso. In exploring his ideas, Zuccaro flipped the paper over, proceeding naturally from one project to the other. Whether completely spontaneous or more finished, energy and expressiveness characterize his line.

The studies on the verso are connected with decorations that Zuccaro completed in a Roman chapel in 1556. Despite their sketchy appearance, he probably drew them at a late stage in the design process because they correspond closely to figures in the fresco. The female figures served as studies for a sibyl in the round lunette above the altar.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Italian Master Drawings (May 5 to July 19, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), May 5 to July 19, 1992
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (verso)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994) (verso)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
16th Century Ornamental Drawings (June 1 to August 14, 1994)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), June 1 to August 14, 1994
Taddeo Zuccaro: An Artist's Life in Renaissance Rome (June 15 to August 29, 1999) (verso)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 15 to August 29, 1999
Mise-en-Page: The Art of Composing on Paper (December 17, 2002 to March 9, 2003) (verso)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 17, 2002 to March 9, 2003
Made for Manufacture: Drawings for Sculpture and the Decorative Arts (February 6 to May 20, 2007) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 6 to May 20, 2007
Taddeo and Federico Zuccaro: Artist-Brothers in Renaissance Rome (October 2, 2007 to January 6, 2008) (verso)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 2, 2007 to January 6, 2008
Made for Manufacture: Drawings for Sculpture and the Decorative Arts (March 31 to July 5, 2009) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 31 to July 5, 2009
Disegno: Drawing in Europe 1520-1600 (November 13, 2012 to February 3, 2013) (verso)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 13, 2012 to February 3, 2013
Drawing: The Art of Change (October 4, 2016 to January 1, 2017) (verso)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 4, 2016 to January 1, 2017