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Taddeo Drawing by Moonlight in Calabrese's House


Forbidden to draw during the day and begrudged even a tiny ration of oil for a lamp, Taddeo rises at night to draw by the light of the moon. Here, silver moonlight floods the scene as Taddeo sketches, resting his paper on an old bit of board (he has also drawn on the shutters). In his passion to draw, he hasnít bothered to dress, and he wears only one slipper while his leggings lie on the floor. His shoes and a chamber pot lie beneath his bed.


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 Taddeo Drawing by Moonlight in Calabrese's House  / F. Zuccaro


Taddeo Drawing by Moonlight in Calabrese's House
Federico Zuccaro
Italian, about 1595
Pen and brown ink, brush with brown wash, over black chalk
16 9/16 x 6 15/16 in.
99.GA.6.9


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