Sir Francis Walsingham (1530-90) Statesman
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About the artist
Federico Zuccaro was born in the Marches, the son of Ottaviano. From 10/11 he worked in his brother Taddeo’s studio in Rome. He later moved to Venice and then Florence, becoming a member of the Accademia del Disegno. He returned to Rome after Taddeo’s death. After a spell in Paris, he visited to London in 1575 and was introduced to the court of Elizabeth I. (His drawings of Dudley and Elizabeth are in the British Museum.) He later completed Vasari’s frescoes in the Cupola, Florence. In 1579 he worked on Pope Gregory XIII’s chapel. He was expelled from Rome for displaying a satirical image. He worked in Venice and Spain, before becoming first principal of the Accademia di San Luca. In his final years he published his autobiography (1605).