The Age of Gold

Object Details

Title:

The Age of Gold

Artist/Maker:

Jacopo Zucchi (Italian, about 1541 - 1596)

Culture:

Italian

Place:

Italy, Europe (Place created)

Date:

about 1565

Medium:

Pen and brown ink and brush with brown, ocher and red wash, heightened with white gouache on ocher-washed paper

Dimensions:

47.9 × 37.8 cm (18 7/8 × 14 7/8 in.)

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Humans and animals co-exist peacefully in this lush, fantastical setting. In the foreground, graceful nude figures lounge or pose elegantly like statues, while two small boys urinate into a stream that flows into a small pool. In the background, figures dance in a circle; high above in the distance, others sit on a hill and watch wild animals at play.

Jacopo Zucchi made this highly finished compositional study, or modello, for the small scale painting The Age of Gold, now in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. The Golden Age, the first of four ages of the world in classical mythology, followed immediately after the world's creation and was an earthly paradise akin to the Christian Garden of Eden.

Provenance
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Sir Thomas Lawrence, British, 1769 - 1830

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Adolphe-Narcisse Thibaudeau

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Philippe? Huart?

Exhibitions
From Studio to Studiolo: Florentine Draftsmanship under the First Medici Grand Dukes (October 14 to December 1, 1991)
  • The Allen Memorial Art Museum (Oberlin), October 14 to December 1, 1991
European Landscape Drawings of the 15th through 19th Century (October 6 to December 13, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), October 6 to December 13, 1992
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993)
  • 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)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Master Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998
Drawing the Landscape: 1500 - 1800 (January 23 to April 15, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 23 to April 15, 2001
Michelangelo to Vasari: Drawing the Figure in Renaissance Florence (July 15 to October 19, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 15 to October 19, 2003
A Light Touch: Exploring Humor in Drawing (September 23 to December 7, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), September 23 to December 7, 2008
Disegno: Drawing in Europe 1520-1600 (November 13, 2012 to February 3, 2013)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 13, 2012 to February 3, 2013
Gods and Heroes: European Drawings of Classical Mythology (November 19, 2013 to February 9, 2014)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 19, 2013 to February 9, 2014