The J. Paul Getty Museum

Two Child Angels, Symbolizing Patience and Industry

Object Details

Title:

Two Child Angels, Symbolizing Patience and Industry

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.6.11

Dimensions:

17.5 × 41.8 cm (6 7/8 × 16 7/16 in.)

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Object Description

Allegorical figures of Wisdom and Diligence stand on either side of an empty circle that Federico probably intended to contain an emblem, such as the sugar loaf belonging to the Zuccaro family. On the left, the small cherub representing Wisdom holds a shield and spear. A head, perhaps that of the goddess Minerva, decorates the shield. Another cupid on the right, signifying Diligence, holds a spade from which sprouts a bunch of grain and a shield decorated with a spider web.

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