The J. Paul Getty Museum

Allegories of Study and Intelligence Flanking the Zuccaro Emblem

Object Details

Title:

Allegories of Study and Intelligence Flanking the Zuccaro Emblem

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.6.20

Dimensions:

17.6 × 42.5 cm (6 15/16 × 16 3/4 in.)

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Object Description

Allegorical figures of Study and Intelligence sit on either side of the Zuccaro family's symbol of a sugar loaf sprouting lilies, a play on the Italian word zucchero, meaning sugar. The figure of Study is hard at work drawing a nude torso, surrounded by a rooster and various other sculptures. Intelligence, on the right, holds a caduceus in his right hand, while an elephant peers out beside him.

The drawing's irregular shape and viewpoint suggest to scholars that it was intended for a ceiling decoration.

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
Per Taddeo e Federico Zuccari nelle Marche (September 18 to November 7, 1993)
  • Palazzo Fagnani, September 18 to November 7, 1993
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
Drawing the Classical Figure (December 23, 2008 to March 8, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 23, 2008 to March 8, 2009