The model for Giovanni Francesco Susini’s Kneeling Woman Bathing was one of Giambologna’s most frequently cited compositions, which he had developed from the Antique Crouching Venus by Doidalses. The figure’s complicated pose is attractive to look at from all sides, and as a figura serpentinata, an upwardly spiralling form akin to a snake, it is typical of the Flemish sculptor. Giambologna gradually began to focus on depicting beauty by means of a multiple viewpoint rather than on the content of the work. Even among admirers of his work, iconography was of secondary importance. The princely inventory of 1658 identifies the figure as “a small woman, titivating and washing herself”.
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Giovanni Francesco Susini
Kneeling Woman Bathing, 1625/1650
Bronze with gold-brown lacquer patina
height 26 cm
Inv.-No. SK569
Provenance: listed in Prince Karl Eusebius von Liechtenstein’s Quardaroba inventory of 1658
Further works on display
Hercules and a Centaur, c. 1625/1650
Hercules and Antaeus, c. 1625/1650
Laocoön, 1625/1650
David with the Head of Goliath, 1625/1630
The Farnese Bull, 1625/1650
Venus Chastising Cupid, 1638
Venus Burning Cupid’s Arrows, 1638
Striding Horse, c. 1650
Striding Bull, c. 1650
The Saccomazzone Players, 1625/1650
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