AGABITI, Pietro Paolo
(b. ca. 1470, Sassoferato, d. ca. 1540, Cupramontana)
Pinacoteca Civica, Palazzo Pianetti, Jesi
This large 16th century terracotta Nativity scene is attributed to Pietro Paolo Agabiti, an artist from Sassoferrato who has worked extensively in Jesi where he took refuge to escape a murder charge.
The large crib adorned an altar of the demolished church of San Francesco al Monte and consists of the Nativity scene surmounted by a rural landscape populated by shepherds, pipers and angels.
The sacred scene is enclosed within a splendid terracotta frame, finely worked with ornamental motifs in relief in which dolphins, lions, lizards, snails and griffins appear.