|Cupid and Pan, ca. 1600, Federico Zuccari, |
with detail images above and below.
|Federico Zuccari self-portraits, |
the bottom one including his wife, Francesco.
Zuccari was born at Sant'Angelo in Vado, near Urbino (Marche). Having been born in 1540, almost unbelievably, young Federico was yet a prepubescent child of ten when he began his painting career as his older brother's assistant. His career as a painter began in 1550, when he moved to Rome at the behest of his older brother. In the years to follow, Federico went on to complete decorations for Pope Pius IV, and help complete the fresco decorations at the Villa Farnese at Caprarola. The list of decorating projects in which he and his brother were involved could only be considered impressive--the Casina Pio IV, the Grimani Chapel, the Pucci Chapel in the church of Trinità dei Monti and the San Marcello al Corso, all in Rome, as well as the San Francesco della Vigna, in Venice. By the 1570s, still in his thirties, Federico was to be found decorating the Cathedral of Orvieto and the Oratorio del Gonfalone in Rome. He then moved to Florence in 1573 to complete the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore (the Florence Cathedral, often referred to as simply the Duomo), begun by an aging Giorgio Vasari, who died in 1574.
|Dome of the Basilica of Santa Maria del-Fiore, 1568-79|
Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari
|Margaret of Savoy, 1605, Federico Zuccari|
|Palazzo Zuccari,1590, Rome|
|Porta di Palazzo Zuccari, |
late 16th-century, Federico Zuccari