Federico Zuccaro (Italian 1540-1609) Study for a Scene in the Sala dei Fast Farnesiani 12 1/4 x 8 5/8in (31.5 x 21.9cm) unframed

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Lot 3
Federico Zuccaro
(Italian 1540-1609)
Study for a Scene in the Sala dei Fast Farnesiani 12 1/4 x 8 5/8in (31.5 x 21.9cm) unframed

US$ 3,000 - 5,000
£ 2,400 - 4,000
Amended
Federico Zuccaro (Italian 1540-1609)
Study for a Scene in the Sala dei Fast Farnesiani
inscribed 'di Padre Zuccaro' on verso
red and black chalk on paper laid to paper
12 1/4 x 8 5/8in (31.5 x 21.9cm)
unframed

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    (L. 1223)

    Literature:
    Iris Cheney, "Le Palais Farnese", vol. I.1, p. 243-261.
    Iris Cheney, "The Mid-Sixteenth Century Decorations in the Palazzo Farnese" 1981, p. 791-820.

    Note:
    The late Iris Cheney published in 1981 twenty drawings related to the Fala dei Fasti Farnesiani in the Palazzo Farnese in Rome, and others, including the present sheet, have been discovered since then. A number of these were accepted both by Cheney and Gere as by Taddeo or Federico Zuccaro, while on others their opinions were divided.

    The present sheet is related to one of the four "quadri riportati" in the cycle, which depicts important historical events in which members of the Farnese family participated. The composition is based on Masolino's "The Foundation of S. Maria Maggiore", now in the Museo del Capodimonte, Naples, but only by 1653 in the Farnese collection and kept in the palace in Rome. Drawings exist for the other three, and the division of their attributions among Taddeo, Federico and other members of the workshop reflects the collaborative nature of their working methods.

    The present sheet has striking characteristics of both artists. The unusual stance of the bishop, which he appears to twist off balance, is typical of Taddeo's earlier work (cf. "The Healing of a Madwoman", in Cleveland), while the combination of red and black chalk is commonly associated with Federico. The abbreviated, looped extremities of the background figures are like Taddeo (cf.), and their isocephaly is common to both. The most reasonable conclusion, then, is that the present drawing is either by Taddeo, as in the Uffizi sheet or as we believe Federico Zuccaro.

    The free, schematic treatment of the figures and background of this drawing make it clear that it is a preparatory study, and not a copy after either a drawing for the fresco or after the fresco itself. The artist is interested specifically in the bishop's dramatic pose and in the structure of the composition as a whole.

    The drawing also shares a Vallardi provenance with a study by Taddeo for another of the "quadri riportati" now in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Cat. "European Drawings", 1992, p. 130, no. 51.)

Saleroom notices

  • Please note this lot is Attributed to Frederico Zuccaro.
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