Luogo - Museum
Museo Emilio Greco
Where Piazza Duomo, Orvieto (Terni)
Emilio Greco Museum Located in Piazza del Duomo, near the Cathedral to its right, Palazzo Soliano is the most imposing and largest residence of the Pope in Orvieto. It was built under Pope Boniface VIII, Benedetto Caetani (1294-1303). Already historical premises of the Museum of the Works on the Cathedral, after September 2008, it was reintegrated as part of the hub and of the exhibition itinerary of the Museum Network called MODO—acronym of Museo dell’Opera del Duomo di Orvieto—as point of departure for hosting the Collection of works of Emilio Greco (1913-1995), donated by the artist to Orvieto, town to which he was artistically and humanely tied. In fact, the magnificent medieval portals of the cathedral have borne the bronze singles, executed by Greco between 1962 and 1964, since 1970. It is with this extraordinary evidence of the renewal of sacred art in the second part of the 20th century that the itinerary moves towards the most famous icons of the collections, hosted in the Museum of the Works on the Cathedral and in the Papal Palaces. The works exhibited in the most suggestive rooms of Palazzo Soliano, dating from 1947 to 1990, mark the most significant phases of the Sicilian artist’s career, from The Wrestler, exhibited in London on the occasion of the Olympic Games of 1948, to the famous cast of the sculpture Monument to Pope John XXIII executed between 1965 and 1967.