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Taddeo Zuccaro (1529 - 1566)

Lot 91: Taddeo Zuccaro (1529-1566)


July 6, 1999
London, United Kingdom

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A group of apostles looking up: A study for an Assumption of the Virgin red chalk, brush and red ink, red wash, small losses made up 150 x 116 mm. PROVENANCE Mr. Bourguignon de Fabregoules. Charles-Joseph-Barthelemi Giraud. Flury-Hrard (L. 1015), his number '511.'. NOTES An early study for the Assumption of the Virgin in the Pucci Chapel in the Church of the Trinit dei Monti, Rome, E.J. Mundy, Renaissance into Baroque, Italian Master Drawings by the Zuccari, exhib. cat., Milwaukee Art Museum and elsewhere, 1989, p. 158, fig. 18. The decoration of the chapel was begun by Perino in the 1520's, but was left unfinished when the painter fled the Sack of Rome in 1527. The year after Perino's death in 1547 the rights of the chapel were handed back to the Pucci family. On 5 September 1562 Giacomo Caucho, Archbishop of Corf, bought the chapel and asked Taddeo to complete the cycle with four frescoes. Taddeo was at the time working on four different commissions and could not resume the work before 1565. According to Vasari, Taddeo was preparing a cartoon for the Assumption at his death on 2 September 1566. The commission was taken over by his brother Federico who took twenty years to finish the decoration. Both Taddeo and Federico drew a large number of drawings for the fresco, especially for the lower register of the apostles. Federico's compositions were first based on Taddeo's, but he later changed the solution and the final composition is very different from Taddeo's design. Studies for the apostles were sold in these Rooms, 2 July 1996, lot 3 (by Taddeo) and 6 July 1993, lot 20 (by Taddeo or Federico). The use of red wash in the present drawing is a highly original technique developed by the artist and is closely comparable to the striding figure in a drawing in the Accademia, Venice (London, Courtauld Institute and elsewhere, Old Master Drawings from the Galleria dell'Accademia, 1990, no. 6, illustrated on the cover) as well as the recto of the double sided sheet in the Art Institute of Chicago, S. Folds McCullagh and L.M. Giles, Italian Drawings before 1600 in The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 1997, no. 350, illustrated on the cover.

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