A Christmas Crib Scene at the museum

Publishing date 15/12/2014

A Neapolitan nativity scene of 29 pieces is exposed at the National Museum of Ceramics in Valencia. The Palace of Marqués de Dos Aguas hosts this nativity scene dated in the eighteenth century. Come and enjoy this Christmas Crib Scene scene in the museum. It will be exhibited until February.
A Christmas Crib Scene at the museum

A Neapolitan nativity scene of 29 pieces is exposed at the National Museum of Ceramics in Valencia. The Palace of Marqués de Dos Aguas hosts this nativity scene dated in the eighteenth century. Come and enjoy this Christmas Crib Scene scene in the museum. It will be exhibited until February.

The Crib Scene, dating from the eighteenth century, is composed of 29 figures of various sizes (from 10 to 40 centimeter) portraying the Holy Family, two angels, the three Wise Kings and fourteen other figures, such as shepherds, dancers and seven animals. The figures are made of tow coated wire, with a terracotta head; limbs done of carved wood, glass eyes and dressed in cloths of the time.

Besides these materials are those used for the various additions of the characters: coral beads and pearls, ivory castanets, abutments and crowns of metal, silver censer... The fabrics are silk and satin, and gold threads, made in the Royal Factory of Textiles, founded by Charles III in San Leucio, near Naples. The carving of the figures can be attributed to different Neapolitan sculptors of the eighteenth century.

Since its arrival to the National Museum of Ceramics in 2002, the scene has undergone several restorations for the proper display in the halls of the institution, since the figures presented some problems of conservation.

The renewal of the presentation of the Nativity Scene has been made by the specialist in nativity scenes, José Luis Català, and involved the expansion of the scenery which serves as the landscaped setting to all figures. In this new decorate, the scene achieves a better perspective. The two bases that accompanied the set of figures acquired in 2002 have been embedded: a fountain and the ruins of a classical temple which gives selther to the Holy Family.

The overall composition of the assembly and organization of the figures has been studied and modified. The figures are positioned from left to right, coinciding with the movement done by the visitors arriving from the entrance door. Thus, the set consists of three groups: the three Wise Kings on the left, the fountain in the center, with the popular figures characteristics of the Neapolitan nativity scenes, and the Holy Family on the right.

The new presentation is more consistent with the storytelling and helps to enhance the value of the figures, reinforcing the set with a studied, low intensity lighting, for purposes of conservating the organic materials that make up the pieces.

 

 


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