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Saint Paul Restoring Eutychus to Life

Artist:
Taddeo Zuccaro (Italian, Sant'Angelo in Vado 1529–1566 Rome)
Date:
1529–66
Medium:
Pen and brown ink, brush with brown wash, highlighted with white gouache, over black chalk, on gray paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 13 1/4 x 18 1/8 in. (33.7 x 46.1 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
67.188
Not on view
A rarely remembered biblical story from Acts (20:7–12) is that of Eutychus, who fell from a third-story window while listening raptly to the preaching of Paul. Miraculously, the apostle restored the young man to life. This exuberant, friezelike composition with three standing men at left and three men bent over at right, defined Taddeo's early plans for the decoration of the vault chapel of Mario Frangipani (1506-1569) in the church of San Marcello al Corso, Rome. Around 1558, Taddeo Zuccaro received the commission to decorate the chapel with scenes from the life of Saint Paul, but the decorations of the lower walls were still unfinished at his death in September 1566. The artist produced a great amount of drawings for this crucial Roman commission, including other studies in the Metropolitan Museum of Art like the ‘Martyrdom of Saint Paul’ (Robert Lehman Collection inv. 1975.1.553), frescoed in the center of the vault of the Chapel, and a monumental study for a ‘Standing Prophet in a Niche’ (inv. 57.32.2). (F.R.)
Einar Perman, Stockholm (Swedish, 1893–1976); Einar Perman, Stockholm (Swedish, 1893–1976)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "15th and 16th Century Italian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 16, 1983–April 17, 1983.

Milwaukee Art Museum. "Renaissance into Baroque: Italian Master Drawings by the Zuccari, 1550-1600," November 17, 1989–January 14, 1990.

National Academy Museum. "Renaissance into Baroque: Italian Master Drawings by the Zuccari, 1550-1600," March 13, 1990–April 29, 1990.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," May 3, 1999–July 25, 1999.

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. "Taddeo and Federico Zuccaro: Artist-Brothers in Renaissance Rome," October 2, 2007–January 6, 2008.

John Gere Mostra di disegni degli Zuccari Exh. cat. Florence, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi. Florence, 1966, pp. 24-26, under no. 27 (not exhibited; mentioned as in the collection of Dr. Einar Perman in Stockholm).

Jacob Bean "Ninety-eighth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year 1967-1968, Reports of the Departments: Drawings." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, n.s. vol. 27, no. 2, New York, October 1968, pp. 85-86, repr.

John Gere Dessins de Taddeo et Federico Zuccaro Exh. cat., Paris, Musée du Louvre, 42nd Exposition du Cabinet des Dessins, 1969. Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1969.

James Byam Shaw Drawings by Old Masters at Christ Church, Oxford. Oxford, 1976, p. 152, under no. 534.

Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turčić 15th and 16th Century Italian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1982, p. 278, no. 280, repr.

James Mundy, Elizabeth Ourusoff De Fernandez-Gimenez Renaissance into Baroque: Italian Master Drawings by the Zuccari, 1550 - 1600 Exh. cat., Milwaukee Art Museum (November 17, 1989 - January 14, 1990), and National Academy of Design, New York (March 13 - April 29, 1990). Milwaukee., 1989, pp. 92-93, no. 16.

Cristina Acidini Luchinat Taddeo e Federico Zuccari: Fratelli pittori del Cinquecento. 2 vols., Milan, Rome, 1999, Volume 1, pp. 66-67, p. 77 (note 50), fig. 10.

Julian Brooks Taddeo and Federico Zuccaro: Artist-Brothers in Renaissance Rome. Exh. cat. J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007, p. 59, no. 48.



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