(Sant’Angelo in Vado 1543 - Ancona 1609)
A Design for a Wall Monument with a Papal Coat of Arms Flanked by Allegorical Figures
263 x 200 mm. (10 3/8 x 7 7/8 in.)
A similar composition is found in a drawing by Federico Zuccaro of a design for a wall monument to Ferdinando I de’ Medici, in the collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum, in which a sculpted bust of the Medici cardinal and future Grand Duke is flanked by allegorical female figures representing Hope and Faith. In both pose and style, the two allegorical figures in the Milwaukee drawing are closely paralleled by those in the present sheet, even to the extent that, like both figures in the Milwaukee sheet, the left-hand figure in this drawing is shown with her foot resting on a sphere.
The handwriting on the verso of the present sheet does not appear to be that of Federico Zuccaro himself.