Minerva Shows Taddeo the Prospect of Rome
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Federico Zuccaro
Italian, about 1595
Pen and brown ink, brush with brown wash, over red chalk
16 9/16 x 6 3/8 in.

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Dressed in her armor, plumed helmet, and shield, Minerva, goddess of learning and the arts, welcomes Taddeo Zuccaro to Rome; he in turn marvels at the city laid out before him. Federico Zuccaro set the scene on the road to the north of the city with one of the city gates just down the road. The church of Santa Maria del Popolo, the Pantheon, and the Coliseum are all visible in the distance. Federico drew his brother in typical peasant costume, wearing stockings probably made from wool or linen cloth and cut to the shape of the leg. A short-sleeved tunic labeled with his name along the bottom covers his body, and he carries his belongings rolled in a cloth on his back.