Ulderico Pinfildi was taught the art of making nativity scenes by observing his parents working with ceramics and earthenware. He then started to study the origins and history of these traditional compositions, the materials used, human anatomy and techniques of modelling. The sculptor then opened his own workshop in the historical centre of Naples where he brings to life the spectacular figures that are traditionally part of the nativity scene. For his compositions, he prefers the iconography of the 1700s; the rustic settings and neoclassical architecture of Naples under Bourbon rule. He abandons himself to the inspiration of the masters of Italian painting for his colours and figures, in particular the theatrical Caravaggesque gestures and the chiaroscuro composition of his settings.
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In Ulderico Pinfildi’s workshop in Via San Biagio dei Librai, one will find the real art of Neapolitan Christmas cribs. Ulderico grew up in a ...
In Ulderico Pinfildi’s workshop in Via San Biagio dei Librai, one will find the real art of Neapolitan Christmas cribs. Ulderico grew up in a family of clay artisans, and he started to create Christmas crib figures at a very young age. For a real artist a piece of clay, a support and skilled hands are enough to create a character, that is, as he states, “like a son that brings with himself all his birthright”. The classical 18th-century Neapolitan Christmas crib, set in the centre of Naples, must be appreciated in all its extremely realistic details. The clothes are made of valuable silk, in the style of the 18th century, and the characters have expressive faces and dramatic poses. The real masterpiece is the “Seven works of mercy”, made with an extreme realism that recalls Caravaggio.