|Allegories of Fortitude and Patience|
The story of Taddeo Zuccaro (1529-1586) during his apprenticeship in Rome continues here, as told in the wash drawings created about 1595 by his younger brother Federico Zuccaro (1541-1609). Curators at the Getty Museum believe the lozenge-shapes were intended as design-segments for ceiling frescoes, probably in Palazzo Zuccari in Rome, which the very successful Federico came to own.
|Taddeo copying Raphael's frescoes in the loggia of the Villa Farnesina|
|Taddeo in the Belvedere Court of the Vatican drawing the Laocoön|
|Taddeo drawing by moonlight in Calabrese's house|
|Taddeo drawing after the Antique|
|Taddeo in the Sistine Chapel drawing Michelangelo's Last Judgment|
Discouraged by the hard life with his master and ill with fever, Taddeo begins walking home to Urbino. On the way he falls asleep and has a vision that stones on the riverbank are covered with beautiful paintings. In his delerium he gathers a sack of these stones and struggles onward. Arriving home with the sack of stones (below) he is nursed back to health by his family.
|Taddeo returns Home, and is seen (at left) in bed recovering from his Fever|
|Taddeo returns to Rome escorted by Drawing and Spirit, toward the Three Graces|
|Taddeo (at age eighteen) decorates the Facade of Palazzo Mattei, while Michelangelo observes (on horseback)|
|Allegories of Faith and Hope, flanking the Zuccaro emblem|
Taddeo's early success permitted the younger brother Federico to enter the profession with less hardship. After Taddeo's death in 1586, Federico took over the workshop and became one of the best-known and richest Italian painters of his generation.