(c. 1540–c. 1596). Italian painter and draughtsman, born in Florence. He was a pupil of Vasari, with whom he worked at the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, from 1557; and they are recorded working together there with Giovanni Naldini and Joannes Stradanus on the ceiling of the Sala Grande in 1563–5. He again worked with Vasari in Rome at the Vatican, where he painted frescoes in the chapel of S. Pio V. In 1572 Cardinal Ferdinando de'Medici appointed him artist in residence to the Medici court at Rome and later in the decade Zucchi decorated several rooms in the Villa Medici, Rome. He also painted frescoes for Orazio Rucellai at the Palazza Ruspoli, Rome. Although overshadowed by Vasari, he was a talented individual and independently painted smaller cabinet pictures such as the Golden Age (Florence, Uffizi), the Bathsheba (Hartford, Conn., Wadsworth Atheneum), and Cupid and Psyche (1589; Rome, Borghese Gal.).
From The Oxford Companion to Western Art in Oxford Reference.