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The show

Following the conclusion of the long and delicate restoration of the Royal Nativity, the Genoese palace proposes the exposition of the entire complex of the monumental Genoese nativity scene composed of ninety figures.

The exceptional ensemble, commissioned by the House of Savoy to the Genoese artist Giovanni Battista Garaventa in the first quarter of the nineteenth century, highlights the author's mastery of a cultured and refined language in the wake of the best Marquisian tradition. It consists of figures between 40 and 70 cm high, mostly carved wooden mannequins and costumes of extraordinary quality and richness, golden borders and embroidery, silver details. In addition to the Holy Family and angels, it includes the Magi, a crowd of shepherds and the usual menagerie of horses, sheep, goats and herds.

Already in 1988 it was returned to its author, refuting an ancient attribution to Maragliano, Pittaluga and Ciurlo and, on the occasion of Christmas 2017, a first selection of 30 mannequins emerged from the last restoration was exhibited in the Royal Palace Ballroom .

Born in Genoa in 1777, Garaventa, an artist of academic education, was active above all as a carver of processional coffers and sacred images, as a restorer of ancient sculptures and a modeller of decorative and ephemeral apparatuses.


Works on display

Timetable and tickets


Via Balbi, 10
16126 Genova


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