Emilio Greco

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Emilio Greco
Emilio Greco.jpg
Born (1913-10-11)11 October 1913
Catania, Sicily
Died 5 April 1995(1995-04-05) (aged 81)
Nationality Italian
Known for sculpture

Emilio Greco (11 October 1913, in Catania, Sicily – 5 April 1995) was an Italian sculptor, and medallist.[1]


Laura, bronze sculpture by Emilio Greco, 1973, Hiroshima Museum of Art

He moved to Rome. He was drafted and served in Albania. Beginning in 1947, he had a studio in Villa Massimo. In 1958, he had a solo show at the Palazzo Barberini, and in 1959 a solo show at the Stadtische Galerie, Munich.[2]

Emilio Greco died in Rome, Italy.[3]


His notable works include Monument to Pinocchio, 1953, at Collodi[4] and Nereid (Crouching Figure No.4), 1973. The drawings for his Pinocchio are in the collection of the Tate Gallery. Throughout his career, his sculptures tended to be refined, with elongated forms in the Italian Mannerist tradition.[5] La grande bagnante ("Large Bather", 1956) won the sculpture prize at the 18th Venice Biennale.[6] Laura, 1973, is a typical example of his mature sculpture.

Greco's reputation was at its highest in the 1950s and 60s, but has tended to wane since.[7]

Anna by Emilio Greco, 1954, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Selected works[edit]

  • Seated wrestler, 1947.
  • Monument to Pinocchio, 1953.
  • Anna, 1954
  • Large Bather No. 1, Bronze, 1956, Tate.
  • Bather No. 2, 1956–57.
  • Laura, Bronze, 1973, Hiroshima Museum of Art.
  • Nereid (Crouching Figure No.4), 1973.
  • Bullfight, 1979.


  1. ^ Emilio Greco 1913–1995 Tate, 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013. Archived here.
  2. ^ http://www.museomodo.it/en/emilio_greco_notes_on_his_life.html
  3. ^ Emilio Greco in: britannica.com, retrieved 6 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Parco di Pinocchio: La Fata e Pinocchio." (in Italian). Site web of Pinocchio Park. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  5. ^ Emilio Greco in www.britannica.com
  6. ^ Gino Moliterno (ed.). Encyclopedia of contemporary italian culture. Routledge, 2002. ISBN 1134758766. 
  7. ^ Emilio Greco, Estorick Collection - exhibition review by Brian Sewell, London Evening Standard, 26 September 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2013. Archived here.

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