An Azappo Archer with a Cheetah

Jacopo Ligozziabout 1575

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Jacopo Ligozzi's vivid colors and gold paint underscore the splendid, exotic character of his subject, an azappo, a seafaring Turkish archer, and a cheetah. Ligozzi probably painted this sheet as part of a book devoted to figures in Turkish costume, many of whom are accompanied by animals. Rather than drawing from life, he used a variety of costume engravings.

Ligozzi seems to have invented the idea of showing animals alongside the costumed figures. Throughout his book, the animals often act as commentaries on the figures or reflect physiognomic similarities; here, heads turned to the right and the finely drawn human and feline whiskers link the azappo and the cheetah.

Ligozzi's patron, Francesco I de' Medici, probably commissioned the series. During the late 1500s, wealthy patrons interested in science and exploration often hired artists to paint elaborate, colored illustrations of flora, fauna, and the peoples of foreign lands.

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  • Title: An Azappo Archer with a Cheetah
  • Creator: Jacopo Ligozzi
  • Date: about 1575
  • Location Created: Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 28.1 x 22.2 cm (11 1/16 x 8 3/4 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Brush, pen and brown ink, tempera colors, and painted gold
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Drawing
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 91.GG.53
  • Inscription: Inscription: At upper right, inscribed "AZAPPI/Sonno gli Soldati de Galera" by the artist. Secondary Inscription: At lower right, inscribed "Leopardo" in pen and brown ink.
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: Italian
  • Classification: Drawings


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