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The Martyrdom of Saint Paul

Taddeo Zuccaro (Italian, Sant'Angelo in Vado 1529–1566 Rome)

Date:
ca. 1557–58
Medium:
Pen and brown and gray ink, brown wash, over black chalk, heightened with white, on buff paper.
Dimensions:
19 3/16 x 14 13/16 in. (48.8 x 37.7 cm) [two pieces joined]
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.553
  • Description

    This drawing is a preparatory study for a ceiling fresco in the Frangipani Chapel in San Marcello al Corso, Rome, the decorations of which were executed by Taddeo Zuccaro between 1558 and 1566, the year of the artist's premature death. Typical of his graphic style is the animated, fluid contour line and the rich combination of media. The densely packed composition and the exaggeratedly posturing, broad-hipped figures exemplify the Mannerist style that dominated Roman painting in the second half of the sixteenth century and of which Taddeo was a leading proponent.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Annotated in pen on the verso in a seventeenth-century hand: Taddeo Zuccaro 5.4

    Marking: Watermark: circle with stars

  • Provenance

    Peter Lely, London, England; [P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London, England]. Acquired by Robert Lehman from Colnaghi in 1960.

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