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Exhibitions and Projects
Revelations | 2. 12. 2021–2. 2. 2022


Nativity Scene by Štefan Šubic

In the 19th century, the custom of setting up nativity scenes flourished in Slovenian churches, and artists depicted the Christmas story in the manner of theatrical set designs. The scenes were made of wood and gradually opened towards the viewer, creating the illusion of a realistic space with a painted depiction of the birth of Jesus. Only a few examples of such cribs have been preserved, among them the scene painted by Štefan Šubic in 1875 for the parish church in Železniki, where the nativity scene is presented each year to this day. Štefan Šubic led a painting workshop in Poljane above Škofja Loka and produced a wide range of church furnishings, while the artistic work of his sons − Realist painters − Janez and Jurij ranks the brothers among the best Slovenian artists. In the Permanent Collection of the National Gallery of Slovenia, one can view the picture of the Adoration of the Magi by Janez Šubic, which continues the tradition of church painting of his father's Poljane workshop and its depiction of Christmas events.

2 December 2021 – 2 February 2022
National Gallery of Slovenia
Prešernova 24
1000 Ljubljana