Oratory of St. Hyacinth - Fontanegli

14 Artistic creches in competition


 

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	Carlo Pastorino; pebbles and slate

Carlo Pastorino
pebbles and slate

The artistic cribs shown in the oratory of San Hyacinth, near the church of Fontanegli, partecipated to a friendly competition organized by the "Friends of the Brotherhood of San Hyacinth". All visitors were welcome to vote for one of the 14 cribs in display. All works were extremely worthy and here we present a personal, and necessarily partial, choice. We do not know who won the competition.

Giuseppina Gandolfo;slate and clay

Giuseppina Gandolfo
slate and clay

Alessandra Malavasi; Palestinian land

Alessandra Malavasi
Palestinian land

Cesare Ciuffardi  ~  A mountain pasture

Cesare Ciuffardi ~ A mountain pasture


 
Leardo Traverso  ~  	A Ligurian village

Leardo Traverso
A Ligurian village

Leardo Traverso  ~  	A Ligurian village

Nativity: the child is laid in a box of apple

Leardo Traverso  ~  	A Ligurian village

A typical corner

Leardo Traverso ~ This is the creche chosen by Carla, for the accuracy of the setting and because it combines adherence to traditions with original creations of new details.


 

Marco Adorni ~ this is the creche chosen by Luca, for the refined nonconformism and the pleasant unusual combination of ingredients, jeans fabric , buttons, spaghetti (or bucatini) and pegs - the figures are sculpted in soap

Marco Adorni 		~ nativity

Marco Adorni ~ nativity

	Marco Adorni ~ detail

Marco Adorni ~ detail


 
	Sau Lazzari & Maria Gabriella

Sau Lazzari & Maria Gabriella
cuttlebones, oysters and other shells

Nativity

Nativity

Andrea Balestrero; Cribs in a bottle

Andrea Balestrero
Cribs in a bottle

Andrea Balestrero: Nativity in the bottle

Andrea Balestrero:
Nativity in the bottle


 

WHERE   ~ The Oratory of St. Hyacinth in Fontanegli (see picture on the right) can be reached from Prato, where a street on the right goes over the Bisagno stream and climbs up the hill. Or from Bavari, in the Sturla valley. The oratory is located opposite to the Church. Besides the cribs, it shows also ancient paraments and objects of the Brotherhood of St. Hyacinth (pictures below) .

Oratorio di San Giacinto
banner of the the Brotherhood ballot box belt


left : a banner of the the Brotherhood of St. Hyacinth
center : several objects, including a ballot box
right : the belt with leather pocket used to carry the Crucifix in the Catholic procession (see here for more information about this tradition)



Some information was taken from publications of Comune and Provincia of Genoa

Carla Marchetti ~ 2004
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