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“El Greco's Works”
Review of Palazzo Soliano

Palazzo Soliano
Ranked #35 of 73 things to do in Orvieto
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 13 January 2015

Palazzo Soliano, this is parallel to the Duomo, now houses a major collection of Sicilian sculptor El Greco’s works, which he donated to Orvieto after forming a bond with the community via a commission to made new bronze doors for the Duomo. The completed doors arrived in 1964 but around this time there was a dispute whether or not the original heavy wooden doors of the Duomo should be replaced at all; and this was after El Greco had already made the new ones! Finally at dawn on 11 August 1970 the new bronze doors were hung, it is possible to see a scaled down version in the museum.
There is a plaster cast of the monument for Pope John XXIII, this is huge piece, which measures about 4m x 12ms.
Also in this small space is an El Greco collection of 32 bronze sculptures, some are larger than life and 60 works that include etchings, drawings and paintings, along with some photos. Most of the works on display are female nudes; El Greco did women beautifully, his work has movement making his sculptures seem alive. There is even a viewing walkway and spiral staircase leading to a mezzanine floor so you can take in the details from different angles.
Palazzo Soliano summer hours are 10.00am to 6.00pm.
Labels in the Palazzo Soliano are in Italian.
MODO ticket covers the chapels in the Duomo, El Greco Museum and the Duomo Museum

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Reviewed 19 September 2014

So many children playing,riding bikes and beautiful laughter all pleasant summer evenings in this square,what joy'

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Reviewed 17 September 2014

Palazzo Soliano was built in 1297and at present houses the Museo d' Arte Moderna Emilio Greco. The combined ticket that can be purchased to enter the duomo includes entry to Museo Greco. We probably would not have visited if the ticket had not be inclusive but on a hot August afternoon, this was a wonderfully air conditioned space that was very appreciated. Modern bronze sculptures might seem out of place in such an ancient interior, but the voluminous space provides a worthy settingfor Geco's monumental work. Greco is the artist who designed the immense bronze doors on the Orvieto Duomo.

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Reviewed 1 December 2013

The museum was a bit difficult to find the entrance. When we did, there was no one checking tickets. Since we had the Orvieto Carta Unica ticket, we already had a ticket.

It was an interesting museum which had some artifacts from the Duomo. But if you are running out of time sightseeing in Orvieto, this is one I suggest you skip.

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Reviewed 4 December 2012

During the mid to late 13th century and the beginning of the 14th century a number of poes resided in Orvieto. The upper portion of this Palazzo now houses the Museo Dell'Opera Del Duomo Di Orvieto and display a number of works from the Renaissance thru the 19th century. You can visit as part of a combo ticket that includes the Chapel of San Brizion, Museo Emilio Greco, Palazzi Papali and Chiesa Di Sant'Agnostino

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