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A Lion Attacking a Horse

bronze sculpture of a lion biting into a horse

Giovanni Francesco Susini  (1585–after 1653)
A Lion Attacking a Horse, ca. 1630–40
Bronze
9 1/2 x 11 13/16 in. (24.2 x 30 cm)
Gift of Walter A. and Vera Eberstadt, 2002 (2002.2.02)

In 2002, The Frick Collection announced the gift of a magnificent pair of bronze animal groups attributed to the sculptor Giovanni Francesco Susini from Walter A. and Vera Eberstadt. Lion Attacking a Horse and Leopard Attacking a Bull are the first late Renaissance bronzes from the Giambologna school to enter the collection, which is known for the outstanding character of its Renaissance bronzes. The sculptures exhibit the dynamism and technical refinement characteristic of Susini’s best works.