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Making It in Renaissance Rome (lecture)

Date: Sunday, October 28, 2007
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required.

In 16th-century Rome, starving artists were many, successful masters few. Learn how young artists acquired their craft and competed on the cutthroat art scene of the Renaissance in this free lecture by Julian Brooks, curator of the exhibition Taddeo and Federico Zuccaro: Artist-Brothers in Renaissance Rome (October 2, 2007–January 6, 2008).

Follow the remarkable rags-to-riches tale of Taddeo Zuccaro, one of the greatest artists of the late Renaissance, as told in the witty and inventive series of biographical drawings by his younger brother Federico Zuccaro. Friendless and lonely, forced to grind pigments for a petty tyrant who forbade him to draw and kept his bread out of reach in a trip-wired basket, Taddeo nonetheless parlayed talent and ambition into a successful career working for the Pope and the great families of Rome. How common were such trials—and triumphs—for a young artist in the Renaissance? What made Rome such a tough place to make it as an artist? And, then as now, were talent and dedication enough, or did success demand something more?

About Julian Brooks
Julian Brooks is associate curator of drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum and a specialist in late 16th-century and early 17th-century Italian drawing. Formerly print room supervisor at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, he has organized the exhibitions Guercino: Mind to Paper and Drawings from Leonardo to Titian: A North Italian Itinerary, among others.

Taddeo Sketching / F. Zuccaro

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