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Museo Emilio Greco

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In 1991, the Sicilian sculptor Emilio Greco donated a collection of 26 sculptures and some 60 prints to the city of Orvieto.  This formed the basis of this museum on the ground floor of Palazzo Soliano.   More information is given on the museum’s website.

Female Figures


                              Iphigenia                                    “Grande Pattinatrice n. 2”          "Memoria dell' Estate”

                                 (1961)                                                       (1971)                                              (1979)       

These three striking works represent (respectively):

  1. Iphigenia, a young women named for a daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra;

  2. a female skater (pattinatrice); and

  3. a memory of summer.

Preparatory Models

The museum exhibits two preparatory models by Emilio Greco:
  1. a cast of his monument (1965-6) to Pope John XXIII (illustrated here), the original of which is in  St Peter's, Rome; and

  2. a model for the doors of the Duomo, which his daughter Antonella Greco donated to the museum in 2008.

Both works include a representation of John XXIII visiting prisoners, one of the seven works of mercy.

Read more:

C. Pirovano (Ed), “Il Museo Emilio Greco ad Orvieto”, (1991) Rome 

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