Florence 1585 - 1653
Giovanni Francesco Susini’s first documented commission was a bronze relief for an altar in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence in 1614. Between 1624 and 1626 Susini lived in Rome, where he made copies of classical statuettes for later casting in bronze. Susini’s masterpiece is a bronze statuette of the abduction of Helen by Paris dating from 1626. The latter group was uted after his return to Florence and is an improvisation on Giambologna’s treatment of the subject. Another of Susini’s masterpieces is the bronze statuette of David with the Head of Goliath (1625/30). Finished with a superb reddish-gold patina, this work is held in the Liechtenstein Collections. Various members of the Susini family of artists were assistants and followers of the great sculptor Giovanni da Bologna (Jean du Boulogne), called Giambologna, and made large numbers of casts in bronze of the latter’s works. They also continued with their production of these after Giambologna’s death, a circumstance that makes it very difficult to date Giambologna’s sculptures with precision.