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Antonio Susini

Florence 1558 - 1624
Price range
500,000 – 3,000,000 USD
Antonio Susini was the most gifted of all of the assistants who worked for Giambologna (1529–1608), the greatest mannerist sculptor working in late sixteenth-century Florence.

Susini’s bronzes were collected by kings and cardinals as well as artists on both sides of the Alps. In the foreground of Willem van Haecht’s (1593–1637) celebrated Gallery of Cornelis van Geest (Private collection, Scotland) the collectors gather round a table covered with Susini bronzes. Giambologna, or Jean de Boulogne, was the principal sculptor at the court of Ferdinando I de’ Medici, and owing to the extraordinary popularity of his works, as well as the laborious process of actually producing them, he established a workshop which functioned with almost industrial efficiency. Pietro Francavilla (1548–1615) helped Giambologna with carving the large marbles such as the Rape of the Sabines, while Antonio Susini who was introduced to Giambologna by an important patron, Jacopo Salviati in the 1580s, produced the vast majority of Giambologna’s bronzes, most notably the small bronzes which were collectibles and made very good diplomatic gifts.

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Selected artworks

Top 3 auction prices

2,010,315 $
4,146,170 $
4,983,584 $


All three auction records are achieved by works catalogued as ‘attributed to Antonio Susini’. The sales are: Sotheby’s Paris – 11 December 2019 lot 15 (1,812,500 EUR), Christie’s London – 7 July 2005 lot 350 (2,360,000 GBP), and Sotheby’s Paris – 11 December 2019 lot 14.
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Books on Antonio Susini

Anthony Radcliffe and Nicholas Penny, The Art of the Renaissance Bronze 1500-1650, London, 2004.

Charles Avery, Giambologna: The Complete Sculpture, Oxford, 1993.

Filippo Baldinucci, Notizie dei Professori del Disegno, 1688, Florence, 1846 edition.

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