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Figurines Historical nativity scenes of the Bolognese tradition

From: 17/12/2019 - To: 12/01/2020

Via Farini 15, 40124 Bologna

Phone 0512754111

Reference maps: D-4

Date of last update: 13/01/2020, 09:22

On display at Casa Saraceni is the rare and prestigious  collection of nativity figurines made by Bolognese artists in the 18th and 19th centuries, acquired in 2007 on the antiques market by the  Carisbo Foundation, which has averted their dispersion.

Among the characteristic popular presences that animate the nativity scene - in which we see shepherds, artisans, peasants, housewives, angels and bagpipers, but also poultry and beasts of burden - certain peculiar figures, more specific of the Bolognese tradition, are easily recognisable, such as the "sleepyhead". The wise men stand out from the rest for the extreme luxury of their exotic costumes and magnificent horses held by the bridles by the pages.

Some paintings and numerous engravings, with Christmas subjects, accompany the historical figurines. Among the paintings, the seventeenth-century large altarpiece, depicting the Madonna and Child venerated by the saints stands out, a masterpiece by Carlo Bononi, who was trained in the study of Bolognese painting of the Carraccis.

  • From: 17/12/2019
  • To: 12/01/2020

Tuesday – Friday: 3pm - 6pm

Saturday, Sunday and holidays (25th and 26th December 2019; 1st and 6th January 2020): 10am-6pm

Closed on Mondays

Statuette. Presepi storici della tradizione bolognese