Collection

D176907
D176903
D176910

Crèche with a lane in Naples with market scenes

Artist
Locality
Naples
Date
second half 18th century
Material/Technique
Majolica, glazed, painted, wood, tow
Dimensions
H. 30–40 cm (figures)
Location
Gallery 147
Inventory Number
Krippenposition 100

Description

Most Neapolitan nativity scenes do not put the main focus on the sacred events, rather they are colourful renderings of the lively hustle and bustle of the southern Italian city. The audience would therefore have to look for a reference to the Christmas story in this market scene. This playful element has a didactical background: through conscious observation, the viewers would find what they were actually looking for. However, the apparent everyday life in the manger does not correspond to historical reality. Neapolitan nativity scenes were extremely expensive and reflect the perspective of the elite on their subjects and poorer fellow citizens.

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