Jacopo Zucchi

Design for an Altar

c. 1587-1588
Judging from the blind stamp in the blank field in the centre of this composition, this important sheet might have served as an official legal document detailing the construction of an altar, with Zucchi's design possibly serving as a model for the sculptors. Its fully resolved design comprises the predella, altar table and surmounting elements, including two angels, each holding two martyrs' palms. The two putti set the tone for the figurative painting of a saint for which the frame is intended. Next to these is the Tolfa family coat of arms, a tower rising behind a mountain, signifying the ownership of the chapel the altar was meant to adorn.
Title
Design for an Altar
Date
c. 1587-1588
Medium
Drawing
Materials
pen and brown ink with brown wash and black and red chalk with grey wash on ivory laid paper
Dimensions
54.8 x 32.2 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 2008 with the generous support of the Marjorie and Gerald Bronfman Drawing Acquisition Endowment Fund
Accession number
42304