The J. Paul Getty Museum

Taddeo Employed on Menial Tasks at Calabrese's House

Object Details

Title:

Taddeo Employed on Menial Tasks at Calabrese's House

Artist/Maker:

Federico Zuccaro (Italian, about 1541 - 1609)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1595

Medium:

Pen and brown ink, brush with brown wash, over black chalk

Object Number:

99.GA.6.10

Dimensions:

17.6 × 41.9 cm (6 15/16 × 16 1/2 in.)

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Object Description

Here Taddeo Zuccaro performs the numerous menial tasks his master's wife ordered him to do. Under the watchful eye of his mistress, he makes the Calabreses' bed, which is raised on a low platform on the left. He brings wood from the cellar, balancing a jug on his head, and crouches on the floor to start the fire for cooking. In the background, Federico Zuccaro enlarged the window so that he could show the view of the Castel Sant'Angelo, with the bridge and the old and new Saint Peter's basilica in the distance. In Florence or Venice, Taddeo would have found a place in a well-organized studio of some established artist. But in Rome, where more haphazard conditions existed, he drifted from one minor painter to another, supporting himself by doing odd jobs about their studios and working as a servant in their homes.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
One Hundred Original Drawings by Zucchero, Andrea del Sarto, Polidore da Caravaggio and Fra Bartolomeo (April 1836)
  • Lawrence Gallery (London), April 1 to April 30, 1836
Taddeo Zuccaro: An Artist's Life in Renaissance Rome (June 15 to August 29, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 15 to August 29, 1999
Taddeo and Federico Zuccaro: Artist-Brothers in Renaissance Rome (October 2, 2007 to January 6, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 2, 2007 to January 6, 2008