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Taddeo Returning Home with the Sack of Stones and in Bed Recovering from His Fever

Federico Zuccaroabout 1595

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

This story in three scenes moves from right to left. First Taddeo Zuccaro returns home, slack-mouthed with exhaustion, carrying the heavy sack of stones he gathered on his back. As biographer Giorgio Vasari explained, Taddeo "carried them home and gave them to his mother, telling her they were even more precious than himself." In the center, Taddeo's parents welcome the young man warmly as he deliriously points to his heavy bag. On the left, he lies in bed, watched over by his parents and his little brother, the artist Federico Zuccaro. A large carved wooden bed with a canopy nearly fills the room. Several paintings and a frescoed cornice on the far wall and a fireplace projecting from the hidden wall form the other handsome furnishings.

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Details

  • Title: Taddeo Returning Home with the Sack of Stones and in Bed Recovering from His Fever
  • Creator: Federico Zuccaro
  • Date: about 1595
  • Physical Dimensions: 17.7 x 42.3 cm (6 15/16 x 16 5/8 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.6.15
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: Italian
  • Classification: Drawings

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