Nativity Scene (Presepe)

Bottega siciliana

Trapani, Eighteenth century


Coral, gilded silver, copper, gilded bronze, 72 x 87 x 43cm

This work was first recorded in 1869 as part of the d├ęcor at the ModenesePalazzo Ducale. It is one of the most beautiful and refined examples of coral art from Trapani, which became fashionable in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, thanks to the introduction by Antonio Ciminello of the burin to carve small detailed figures.. The Estense presepe includes remains of a collapsed architecture that harks back to landscape painting and the typically eighteenth-century penchant for ruins.