Oratory of St. Bartholomew
of Staglieno

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Mary and the Holy Child

Mary and the Holy Child

gloria in excelsis

Gloria in excelsis

St. Joseph

St. Joseph

Re mago moro

The black King

This creche contain figures from two different sets: a pretty old group, from the workshop of a carver master very near to Maragliano's style, and a more recent group of figures of less artistic value. In the 2003 setting, all figures were displayed on a large scene in 18th century countryside, with the nativity surmonted by a gloria with six angels.

Re mago bianco

The white King

The older group of artistic figures is remarkable for the richness of the costumes.  The three kings, two white and one black as usual, are riding past with their magnificent suite of squires, pageboys, dignitaries and a train of nine luxurious harnessed horses, of which one bears a unicorn.  The scene displays a very large number of figures, characters that are typical of the Genoese creches, such as peasants, shepherds, farmers, noble and common people and beggars, accompanied by several pasturage or courtyard animals.

Asiatic people

Asiatic people

A black knight

A black knight

crowd toward the hut

The crowd toward the hut

The unicorn

The unicorn


 
Beggar

A beggar

	A shrew

A shrew

Common people

Common people

Farmer	with ox

Farmer with ox

Beggar

A beggar


WHERE ~ The crib is displayed in the Oratory of St. Bartholomew, close to the church of Staglieno - accessible on foot, by a steep and rapid ascent from the cemetery of Staglieno (it is a wide pathway, rather deserted but sufficiently clean), or by car, following via delle Gavette. The oratory interior is painted with peculiar images (in the picture on the right, a demon)

Demon

A demon


Some information was taken from publications of ~ Comune di Genova ~

Carla Marchetti ~ 2004
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