Emilio Greco


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Italian sculptor, born at Catania, Sicily. After an apprenticeship with a funerary stonemason he studied briefly at the Palermo Academy of Art, 1934. In 1943 he settled in Rome, where he was professor of sculpture at the Liceo Artistico, 1948–52. He then taught at the Carrara Academy, 1952–5, and the Naples Academy, 1955–67, before returning to Rome as professor at the Academy. His most characteristic works are in bronze, chiefly portrait busts and life-size (or slightly over-life-size) female nudes. The latter are tall and posturing, with a Mannerist elegance embodying witty parody of classical statues, as in Large Bather I (1956, Tate). He did many other kinds of work, however, including the Pinocchio monument at Collodi (1956), three bronze doors for Orvieto Cathedral (1959–64), and the monument to Pope John XXIII in St Peter's, Rome (1965–6). There is a museum devoted to his work in Orvieto.

From A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art in Oxford Reference.

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