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Emilio Greco

Emilio Greco

Italian sculptor, writer, illustrator
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Italian sculptor, writer, illustrator
Countries Italy
Occupations Sculptor
A.K.A. Greco
Gender male
Birth October 11, 1913 (Catania)
Death April 5, 1995 (Rome)
The details

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


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.

Emilio Greco died in Rome, Italy.


His notable works include Monument to Pinocchio, 1953, at Collodi 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. La grande bagnante ("Large Bather", 1956) won the sculpture prize at the 18th Venice Biennale. 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.

Anna by Emilio Greco, 1954, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Selected works

  • 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.

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