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Preview: Beaussant-Lefèvre

Realistically modelled crib figures are a particular speciality of southern European countries – the Santons of Provence being one well-known example. Another is the famous presepe figures from Naples.

Although the tradition of a crib scene is thought to have started with St Francis of Assisi with living figures forming a tableau, the Neapolitan creations are particularly arresting multi-figure arrangements. They feature not just figures from the Nativity story but also a host of different local artisans and street sellers identified by their costume and accoutrements.

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