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ID number:  BIRBI-45.5
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Susini, Antonio (active 1572-1624)
Title / Object name:  A bull
Object type:  Sculpture
Place made:  Florence
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  Model: early 1580s; Cast: early 17th century
Materials:  Bronze
Measurements:  23 x 27.2 x 8.5 cm
Provenance:  Purchased from Sotheby's sale of L.M. Lowenstein estate (deceased), 13 July 1945, lot 96, for £36
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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.

Inscriptions / Translations:  None

Notes:  Cast: perhaps by Gianfrancesco Susini (about 1575-1653), Florence, early 17th century

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