Model: Florence, early 1580s; Cast: Florence, early 17th century
23 x 27.2 x 8.5 cm
Bulls were revered since antiquity for their strength and fertilising power. After horses, they were the most popular animal subject during the 17th century. Antonio Susini is thought to have modelled this bull after an earlier version by Giambologna, the Medici court sculptor, while still employed in his workshop. This is a fine cast of the much-reproduced Susini model and was perhaps made by Antonio’s nephew, Gianfrancesco, who inherited Giambologna’s workshop.
Purchased 1945 (No. 45.5)