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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