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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