Crèche of the liturgical year
Sterzing, South Tyrol, 1785–1805
Swiss stone pine, polychromed
H. 4–6 cm (figures)
Acquired from private ownership in 1974
Inv. No. Krippenposition 70-73
Baroque and Rococo
The only complete crèche characterising the liturgical year in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum's collection comes from the workshop of Augustin Alois and Josef Benedikt Probst. Their speciality was small-format, scenically closed ensembles depicting individual biblical narratives in a sometimes dramatic manner. For example, four little devils dance around the gallows of Judas, one of them carrying the bag with the silver pieces. The roughly worked figures achieve their particular charm through their vividly coloured polychromy. The Probsts mainly produced these rather original, small-format biblical scenes for prestigious clients, among them also high church dignitaries like bishops.