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Group of rustic figures

18th century
Italian, Sicily
Polychromed wood, gesso and stiffened cloth
Gr. H. 11 1/4 in. (28.5 cm); Gr. W. 15 in. (38 cm.); Gr. D. 12 in. (31 cm.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Christopher T. Bever, in memory of Professor Rudolf Berliner, 1993
Accession Number:
Not on view
The nature of the Sicilian crèche technique is very different from that of the Neopolitan. The latter is the work of numerous hands not only in the production of the figures themselves but also in their orchestration within the assembled crèche. Sicilian figures, on the other hand, although rougher in finish are entirely made by the individual artists who not only mold their clothing but also control the grouping of the figures within separate vignettes.
Prof. Rudolph Berliner ; Dr. and Mrs. Christopher T. Bever (until 1993; to MMA)
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