The High Renaissance





Jacopo Zucchi


Jacopo Zucchi

(b Florence, c. 1540; d Rome, before 3 April 1596).

Italian painter and draughtsman. He was trained in the studio of Vasari, whom he assisted in the decoration of the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, as early as 1557. He accompanied Vasari to Pisa in 1561, from when dates his earliest known drawing, Aesculapius (London, BM). Between 1563 and 1565 he was again in Florence and is documented working with Vasari, Joannes Stradanus and Giovan Battista Naldini on the ceiling of the Sala Grande (Salone dei Cinquecento) in the Palazzo Vecchio; a drawing of an Allegory of Pistoia (Florence, Uffizi) is related to the ceiling allegories of Tuscan cities. In 1564 Zucchi entered the Accademia del Disegno and contributed to the decorations erected for the funeral of Michelangelo. He travelled to Rome with Vasari and was his chief assistant on decorations in the Vatican in 1567 and 1572, where he executed frescoes of scenes from the Life of St Peter Martyr in the chaptel of S Pio V.


Psyche decouvre Eros



The Miracle of the Snow

Oil on canvas
Pinacoteca Vaticana, Vatican


The Toilet of Bathsheba

after 1573
Oil on panel, 120 x 144,7 cm
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome


Age of Gold
c. 1565
Los Angeles. J. Paul Getty Museum.


The Martyrdom of Saint Apollonia

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