This year’s nativity scene features ceramic figures created by sculptor Margareta Krstić and dressed in typical Croatian folk costume. The nativity scene was exhibited last year at the one hundred nativity scenes exhibition in Vatican City, whereupon Krstić donated the work to the Pontifical Croatian College of St Jerome in Rome.
Following Roman Catholic custom and tradition churches are decorated for the Christmas celebrations on the eve of the feast day worshiping the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Immaculate Conception. At the Pontifical Croatian College of St Jerome in the Italian capital of Rome this year’s nativity scene features the work of sculptor Margareta Krstić dressed in typical Croatian folk costume.
The nativity scene by ceramic artist Krstić (http://margaretakrstic-art.com) was exhibited last year at the traditional exhibition of one hundred nativity scenes in Vatican City. The exhibition was visited in person by the Roman Catholic supreme pontiff Francis on 9 December 2019. Francis showed particular interest in this Croatian Christmas crèche. Ms Krstić later donated the work to the Pontifical Croatian College of St Jerome in Rome. The new figures have been incorporated into the existing nativity scene at the St Jerome pontifical college, which includes a previous donation of ceramic figures created by Verica Kovač, the work of Robert Tonsati, a former member of the college and now a priest attached to the Kotor diocese, and the work of Flavio Scotto d’Abusco.
In her nativity scene Krstić offers a special showcase of our heritage through folk costumes from across the whole of the country. (IKA)