Here Taddeo seeks an apprenticeship with his
cousin. In a wonderful counterpoint of gestures,
he offers his letter of introduction but is brusquely
sent away, and he leaves in tears. Nevertheless,
Taddeo continues to study and is seen in the background
copying a large frescoed facade. Though
depicted as heartless in this drawing, Francesco
later helped Taddeo win his first major commission.
Curator Lee Hendrix describes Taddeo's emotional first experiences in Rome.