Emilio Greco

Il grande lottatore (The Large wrestler)

Il grande lottatore (The Large wrestler) by Emilio Greco

Artwork Detail

Born in Catania, in Sicily, Emilio Greco was apprenticed to a stonemason at 13 years of age, assisting in copying antique sculptures, before acquiring a more formal training at the Academy of Art in Palermo. Greco was employed as Professor of Sculpture at the School of Fine Arts in Rome; as well as in Monaco and Salzburg. In 1956 he received the Grand Prize in Sculpture at the Venice Biennale.

The large wrestler represented here is a street performer, a timeless character that dates back to the Etruscan and Roman periods of the 5th century BC, but executed in the modern style of the post-war Italian Realist movement. This life-sized work was the first large sculpture to be made by Greco. (20th Century Modern, 2003)

Il grande lottatore (The Large wrestler)
Emilio Greco
Production date
901 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1962
Accession no
Copying restrictions apply
International Art
Display status
Not on display

To find out which artworks are available for print requests and reproduction please enquire here. This service only applies to select artworks in the Gallery's collection.