Allegories of Study and Intelligence Flanking the Zuccaro Emblem

Federico Zuccaroabout 1595

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Allegorical figures of Study and Intelligence sit on either side of the Zuccaro family's symbol of a sugar loaf sprouting lilies, a play on the Italian word zucchero, meaning sugar. The figure of Study is hard at work drawing a nude torso, surrounded by a rooster and various other sculptures. Intelligence, on the right, holds a caduceus in his right hand, while an elephant peers out beside him.

The drawing's irregular shape and viewpoint suggest to scholars that it was intended for a ceiling decoration.

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  • Title: Allegories of Study and Intelligence Flanking the Zuccaro Emblem
  • Creator: Federico Zuccaro
  • Date: about 1595
  • Physical Dimensions: 17.6 x 42.5 cm (6 15/16 x 16 3/4 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush with brown wash, over black chalk and touches of red chalk
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Drawing
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 99.GA.6.20
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: Italian
  • Classification: Drawings


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