A very lifelike sculpture of a bull. One of the front legs is raised and the head is moving slightly to the left. The tail is swung to the left flank. The brass and the beautiful patina show the folds in the skin and the muscles.
This bull was made in the studio of Giambologna, after the design of the Master. When Giambologna died, his studio was taken over by his assistant Antonio Susini, who kept using the moulds of his former master.
A similar bull is in the collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and Victoria & Albert Museum London. The most important bull is in the collection of the Bargello in Firenze, where Giambologna lived.
In the seventeenth century bronze sculptures by Giambologna were very popular. In 1628 Cornelis van der Geest painted a kunstkamer where a similar bull can be seen. The painting is in the collection of the Rubenshuis Antwerpen.
The bull became one of the most famous models by Giambologna.