Emilio Greco [1913-1995]
Commemorative coin for the Centennial Anniversary of Rome as the capital of Italy [1870-1970], 1970.
Coin silver cast by Stefano Johnson’s factory in Milan
50 mm / 106.3 gram weight
Marked: [Emilio] Greco
Front is a woman with a bay branch facing up ‘GRECO’ / verso Rome coat of arms with ‘+SPQR / ROMA CAPITALE D’ITALIA / 1870-1970 / S. JOHNSON / 008 / [illegible]’.
This coin was available in a lesser weight bronze copper alloy and this more expensive version.
Emilio Greco was born in Sicily in 1913. Greco, was employed in a marble cutters shop by the age of 10. He was highly influenced at a young age by Etruscan and Roman sculpture and carried this with him throughout his illustrious career.
“Greco is predominantly the sculptor of the female face and shape. To represent womanhood, that is his calling and his task. The grace, the delight, the beauty, even the power of womanhood. Neither Marini nor Manzù can compete with him this respect….Greco is…completely absorbed in the womanhood as if the myth of the Great Mother, the Lady of Elche, the White Goddess, had come alive in him again. He represents youth, virtue and sensuality…. The representation of women and girls do not appear in Greco’s work in the same style as the male portraits and figures. The Greek and Gothic impact is felt immediately….According to Henry Moore “Greco is not only sensual and elegant. He has a feeling for beauty, and also a natural sens, a gift for form and volume—a rare combination” (J.P. Holdin, Emilio Greco Sculpture & Drawings, Bath, 1971, pp. 21-23).