GIOVANNI FRANCESCO SUSINI

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.
Giovanni Francesco Susini
David with the Head of Goliath, 1625/1630

Bronze with matt brown varnish on red-gold patina, height 30 cm
Inv.-No. SK565
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Giovanni Francesco Susini, after Giambologna
Hercules and a Centaur, c. 1625/1650

Bronze with golden-red lacquer patina, height 36 cm
Inv.-No. SK509
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Giovanni Francesco Susini, after Giambologna
Hercules and Antaeus, c. 1625/1650

Bronze with golden-red lacquer patina, height 40 cm
Inv.-No. SK559
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Giovanni Francesco Susini, after Giambologna
Kneeling Woman Bathing, 1625/1650

Bronze with gold-brown lacquer patina, height 26 cm
Inv.-No. SK569
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Giovanni Francesco Susini, after the Antique
Laocoön, 1625/1650

Bronze, dark red-gold lacquer patina, height 54 cm, width 44 cm, depth 21 cm
Inv.-No. SK526
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Giovanni Francesco Susini, after Giambologna
Striding Bull, c. 1650

Bronze, red brown lacquer patina, height 37 cm
Inv.-No. SK553
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Giovanni Francesco Susini, after Giambologna
Striding Horse, c. 1650

Bronze, red-brown lacquer patina, height 37 cm
Inv.-No. SK550
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Giovanni Francesco Susini, after the Antique
The Farnese Bull, 1625/1650

Bronze with red-gold lacquer patina, height 42 cm, width 38 cm, depth 37 cm
Inv.-No. SK551
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Giovanni Francesco Susini, after Orazio Mochi
The Saccomazzone Players, 1625/1650

Bronze, golden-brown lacquer patina, height 42 cm
Inv.-No. SK602
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Giovanni Francesco Susini
Venus Burning Cupid’s Arrows, 1638

Bronze with gold-brown patina, traces of dark brown lacquer, height 56 cm
Inv.-No. SK543
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Giovanni Francesco Susini
Venus Chastising Cupid, 1638

Bronze with gold-brown patina, traces of dark brown lacquer, height 58 cm
Inv.-No. SK542
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