The J. Paul Getty Museum

Taddeo Returns to Rome Escorted by Drawing and Spirit toward the Three Graces

Object Details

Title:

Taddeo Returns to Rome Escorted by Drawing and Spirit toward the Three Graces

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 and touches of red chalk

Object Number:

99.GA.6.16

Dimensions:

42.6 × 18 cm (16 3/4 × 7 1/16 in.)

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Object Description

"Taddeo [Zuccaro], at length, restored to health and once more in Rome, resumed his usual studies," noted his contemporary, biographer and artist Giorgio Vasari. Here the young artist enters Rome through one of the city's gates. He stands on the threshold of the gate, holding the hands of figures representing Drawing and Spirit. The Three Graces stand nearby, waiting for them to enter.

As in other drawings from this series, Federico Zuccaro included a detailed and accurate view of Rome from the city gate. The steps of the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo are just visible between Taddeo's legs, and the Arch of Marcus Aurelius, the Colonna Antonini, and the Campidoglio fill the background.

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