This porcelain plate depicts a 15th C. Illumination of Flemish origin. The manuscript, a Book of Hours is currently preserved in the Vatican Library. The almost full-page illumination for the Liturgy of the Hours on Christmas Day depicts a lovely Nativity scene which is greatly inspired by the visions of St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-73).
This colorful and playful nativity was designed by Massimo Giacon for Alessi, an Italian Design Company started by the Alessi family in 1921.
Born in Padua, Italy, in 1961, Massimo Giacon is a comic-strip artist and illustrator, a leading light in the renewal of Italian comic, he divides his time as a graphic artist, designer, musician and artist.
This nativity was made in Italian porcelain and hand painted.
Of great interest is the depiction of the magi. They playfully illustrate the belief promoted by the Venerable Bede (d. 735) that the Magi or wise men represented the three parts of the world known to him: Asia, Africa, and Europe.