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Taddeo at the Entrance to Rome Greeted by Servitude, Hardship, and Toil and by Fortitude and Patience (the Ox and Ass)
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Federico Zuccaro
Italian, about 1595
Pen and brown ink, brush with brown wash, over black chalk
16 1/8 x 6 7/8 in.
99.GA.6.4

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Carrying the yoke, symbol of servitude or obedience in his arms, Taddeo Zuccaro enters Rome through one of the city's gates. The tall, gaunt figure of Servitude welcomes him, and Hardship and Toil peer over her shoulders at the young boy, predicting the hardships he will encounter in the city. Federico Zuccaro labeled each figure so that there would be no mistaking their identity. The ox and ass, representing Fortitude and Patience graze off to the side. Federico placed many of these scenes from his brother's life in exact locations that are easily identifiable. The tower of Old Saint Peter's and Michelangelo's new domed Saint Peter's basilica under construction are visible beyond the city wall. The hoists, ropes, and supports used to build the dome project from the top. The obelisk to the left of the tower was moved from that location to Saint Peter's Square in the 1590s.