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Zuccaro, Taddeo
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Zuccaro, Taddeo

Sant'Angelo in vado, 1529 - Ancona, 1566

Zuccaro, Taddeo See author's file


Mid-XVIcentury. Wash, Pencil, Pencil ground, Grey-brown ink on yellow paper.
Not on display

Since this drawing was believed in the past to be a work of Michelangelo (1475-1564), it was clearly much revered by at least two of its previous owners, Céan Bermudez adn Brun (?), in spite of its ruinous condition. Although the composition is clearly based on Michelangelo´s famous early marble statue of the Pietà in St. Peter´s Rome, the style of drawing is self evidently not Michelangelo´s. On the other hand, elements of the group are varied to such an extent that the Prado drawing cannot be said to be slavish copy after the marble statue.

A comparision with a drawing by Taddeo Zuccari in the Ambrosiana, Milan, for a nearly identical group of figures of the dead Christ supported on his mother´s lap points to a solution to the problem of both the attribution and purpose of the Prado sheet. As Acidini Luchinat has argued eloquently, the Milan drawing is connected with a lost fresco of the Pietà painted by Taddeo on an exterior wall over the entrance to he Hospital of the Pietà dei Pazzarelli, Rome, which was run by a charitable confraternity who dedicated themselves to the care of poor foreigners and the mad ("pazzi)". While the Milan drawing shows the figure of Christ in a slightly different pose to that of its counterpart in the Madrid drawing, only the waist and left shoulder of the Madonna is indicated. The newly-identified Prado drawing therefore provides fuller documentation of the original appearance of Taddeo´s lost fresco.

Technical data

Inventory number
Zuccaro, Taddeo
Mid-XVI century
Wash; Pencil; Pencil ground; Grey-brown ink
Yellow paper
Height: 275 mm; Width: 208 mm
Collection of Ceán Bermúdez; Collection of Lefort; Bequest of Pedro Fernández Durán y Bernaldo de Quirós, 1931; I. Brun

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de dibujos. Dibujos italianos del siglo XVI (por Nicholas Turner, con la colaboración de José Manuel Matilla), V, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 420.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International, Chicago, 2008, pp. 420.

Hidalgo Caldas, Beatriz, ''El coleccionismo ilustrado de dibujos en Sevilla y Madrid durante el último tercio del siglo XVIII y comienzos del XIX a la luz de la colección de Ceán Bermúdez'', Ceán Bermúdez. Historiador del arte y coleccionista ilustrado, Biblioteca Nacional de España, Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, Madrid, 2016, pp. 309-339 [316].

Other inventories +

Inv. Legado Pedro Fernández Durán, 1931. Núm. 129.

Inscriptions +

Micael Angel
Inscribed in pen and brown ink. Front, lower right corner

Exhibitions +

Juan Ceán Bermudez
19.05.2016 - 11.09.2016

Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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