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The Martyrdom of Saint Paul

Artist:
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
Not on view
This drawing is a preparatory study for a ceiling fresco in the Frangipani Chapel in San Marcello al Corso, Rome, executed by Taddeo Zuccaro between 1558 and 1566. The densely packed composition and exaggerated poses of the 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.
Inscription: Annotated in pen on the verso in a seventeenth-century hand: Taddeo Zuccaro 5.4

Marking: Watermark: circle with stars
Peter Lely, London, England; [P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London, England]. Acquired by Robert Lehman from Colnaghi in 1960.
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