Lot 109
  • 109

Taddeo Zuccaro

6,000 - 8,000 USD
6,250 USD
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  • Taddeo Zuccaro
  • A mythological scene with the figure of Diana wearing the crescent moon as a diadem
  • Pen and brown ink and wash;
    bears numbering on the extended sheet: A. 638.
  • 119 by 269 mm; 4¾ by 10 5/8  in; irregular shape

Catalogue Note

The subject of this lively and energetic drawing must be a mythological scene due to the identifiable figure of Diana, third from the left, who is wearing the crescent moon as a diadem.  It has not been possible to connect the present sheet to a known commission but stylistically it is very close to a design by Taddeo for a soprapporta depicting two female figures seated on a pediment that is sketched on the verso of a drawing in the British Museum.1  Both drawings share the same rapid penmanship and highlight the intense vitality of Taddeo's working studies.  The verso studies on the British Museum drawing are for the soprapporta on the end wall of the Sala Regia, above the entrance to the Cappella Paolina.  A payment for that particular commission is recorded on December 15642 and the proximity in handling of our drawing to the British Museum sheet suggests the present sketch may also have been executed in the 1560s.

1. J.A. Gere, Taddeo Zuccaro: His development studied in his drawings, London 1969, p. 167 and 168, no. 108 (verso), pl. 158

2. J. A Gere, op.cit., p. 168