Saturday, June 6, 2015

Young Taddeo (Part I)

Allegories of Study and Intelligence, flanking the Zuccaro emblem (a loaf of sugar)

The Getty Museum preserves a suite of wash drawings made about 1595 by Roman painter Federico Zuccaro (the little boy in the picture below, clinging to his mother's skirts). These narrate the story of Federico's elder brother Taddeo Zuccaro, who initially apprenticed with their father, a minor painter in Urbino. At age fourteen Taddeo moved alone to Rome, to further his education as an artist. His trials and eventual success are the subject of Federico's narrative sequence.
Taddeo leaving home, escorted by two Guardian Angels

Pallas Athena shows Taddeo the prospect of Rome

Taddeo at the entrance to Rome greeted by Toil, Servitude, and Hardship, 
and by Obedience and Patience (the Ass and Ox)

Taddeo rebuffed by his cousin, the painter Francesco II Sant-Angelo

Taddeo in the house of Giovanni Piero Calabrese

Calabrese and his wife kept bread suspended from the ceiling in a basket (above) to prevent the apprentice Taddeo from eating without permission. At lower left Calabrese is studying a drawing by Raphael while preventing Taddeo from studying it also.

Taddeo sent on an errand by Calabrese's wife

Taddeo employed on menial tasks at Calabrese's house

Two child angels, symbolizing Patience and Industry