Taddeo Zuccaro's Artistic Training: Drawings by Federico Zuccaro

What would it have been like in the late 1500s to go to Rome, the artistic and cultural mecca of the Western world, with the hopes of becoming an artist? In a series of drawings made around 1595, Federico Zuccaro tells the poignant story of his older brother Taddeo's hardships and eventual triumph as a young, struggling artist in Renaissance Rome. The drawings vividly convey a sense of what an artist's life at that time was like, from details of studio practice to depictions of precise monuments and antiquities to references to the great artistic personalities of the Renaissance, including Michelangelo and Raphael. Curator of drawings, Lee Hendrix gives an introduction to the series.