SUSINI, Francesco
(b. 1585, Firenze, d. 1653, Firenze)

Saccomazzone Players

1625-50
Bronze, golden-brown lacquer patina, height 42 cm (with socle)
Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna

This statue depicts two blindfolded youth, one crouching low behind the other figure who raises a sling.

In 17th century Italian courtly life the Gioco del Saccomazzone was a game played during the interludes of rustic dances. It involved two blindfolded men attempting to hit each other with a knotted cloth without lifting their left hands from an object in the middle of the room, while also shrieking imitations of bird cries. Orazio Mochi (1571-1625) originally conceived this comical composition in around 1620, and the small witty bronze of Saccomazzone Players was later enlarged to life-size pietra serena group for the Boboli Gardens by the sculptor Romolo Ferrucci del Tadda (c. 1550-1621).

Susini's statue is based on Mochi's design. He chose a very narrow oval plinth for his bronze cast, so the players' wild thrashing in the air is shown to better advantage.




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