In 16th century Rome Taddeo Zuccari (changed to Taddeo Zuccaro in 1569) was famous as much for his elegant mannerist style paintings as for his sweetness of demeanour and geniality. He persuaded his brother Federico, who was then studying law, to join him in his artistic pursuits. Federico remained a lifelong companion and assisted Taddeo in the completion of many a prominent frescoes and other artworks.
Taddeo Zuccari (September 1, 1529 – September 2, 1566) was born in Sant’Angelo in Vado, Province of Pesaro e Urbino. He relocated to Rome at a tender age of fourteen after receiving an invitation to work on a series of frescoes. In 1548, he executed a monochromatic series depicting the fables of Marcus Furius Camillus for wealthy businessman Jacopo Mattei. Vatican employed him on more than one occasion as Zuccari received regular commissions from popes Julius III and Paul IV. Decorating the villa of Caprarola with his brother Frederico remained the highlight of his career.
Taddeo Zuccari sought inspirations in the works of Raphael and Correggio. His life was cut short due to an untimely death and many of his incomplete projects were later completed by his brother Federico. Federico also looked after Taddeo’s daughter Mary Magdalene who later became a Benedictine nun. The lives and works of Zuccari brothers appear in the essays of Giorgio Vasari.