By the light of a crescent moon, Taddeo copies
frescoes by Raphael (Italian, 1483–1520) in the
arches of the Farnesina loggia (open gallery). In
the background, the poor homeless lad has fallen
asleep with his sketching board still on his knees.
In this striking and heartwrenching drawing,
powerful effects of light suggest Taddeo’s almost
religious fervor. The garden loggia of the Villa
Farnesina, alongside the Tiber River, seems to
have been freely accessible to artists, who flocked
there to see Raphael's famed frescoes of Cupid
Artist Peter Zokosky reflects on drawing as craft and inspiration.