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Taddeo Zuccaro (1529 - 1566)

Lot 18: Taddeo Zuccaro (Sant'Angelo in Vado 1529-1566 Rome)


July 4, 2006
London, United Kingdom

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A satyr pointing to the right (recto); A soldier with a dagger, two soldiers grappling, a soldier attacking a trumpeter, and two men fighting (Hercules and Antaeus?) (verso)
pen and brown ink, brown wash, on traces of an 18th Century English mount
10 1/4 x 7 7/8 in. (259 x 201 mm.)

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Taddeo Zuccaro (Sant'Angelo in Vado 1529-1566 Rome)


P. Lely (L. 2092).
William Gibson, his inscription and price code 'Polidoro.3.2.'
J. Richardson Sen. (L. 2183).
A. Normand (L. 153c).


This impressive double-sided drawing can be placed among Taddeo's early works, drawn in Rome and strongly influenced by the drawings and façade decorations of Polidoro da Caravaggio. The appealingly free handling of wash, contained only by indications in pen and brown ink, coupled with slightly schematic heads and elegantly tapering limbs delineated by a busy and rather wiry line, is also found in several drawings of about 1550, inspired by Polidoro and indeed probably related to designs for Taddeo's own façade decorations, for example the Studies of a man brandishing a cutlass in the Uffizi, Florence (J.A. Gere, Taddeo Zuccaro. His development studied in his drawings, London, 1969, no. 72, pl. 15).
This relationship with Polidoro was noticed by the dealer and collector William Gibson, who attributed the drawing to that master. More recently, while the drawing was in the collection of Alfred Normand (1910-1993), Philip Pouncey and François Viatte suggested an attribution to Perino del Vaga.

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