Fed up with Calabrese and his wife, Taddeo struck
out on his own, spending part of the week working
as a day laborer and the other part drawing.
In this carefully composed work, Taddeo sits in
the portico of a palazzo copying an antique sarcophagus.
Drawing after antiquities has been a
staple of artistic training since the Renaissance. In
the background, Taddeo copies a palace facade by Polidoro da Caravaggio. A passerby admires Taddeo’s work.