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  • Neapoletan Presepe
    Italian presepi -Nativity scenes, that is- come in all shapes, sizes, colors and dimensions. The historic ones in the venerable churches may have over 100 hand-carved figures. In today's presepi, Holy Families, shepherds and sheep may actually be alive - or be made of ice or sand.
  • Jan 12, Carabinieri at Rome show recovered presepe figures
    Facts & Stories
    Judith Harris(January 18, 2018)
    Art thefts in Italy are on the way down, and this week Carabinieri in Rome showed their latest recovered objects: 250 valuable antique nativity scene figures. Nevertheless, and despite thefts like the Al Thani jewels in Venice, art crimes in Italy have seriously dropped.
  • Christmas at the Sant'Ignazio Church in Rome
    In this holiday season little is more cherished in Italy than the Christmas crib. First created in mountainous Greccio in 1223, it is still revered and recreated every year all over Italy.
  • The holiday season marks the return of the beautiful Christmas tradition of the “100 Presepi” in Rome. Tourists and locals alike can admire these gorgeous works of fine craftsmanship in the Eternal City.
  • The representation of the nativity has spread all over Italy in many ways. The stylistic shapes and the use of materials are deeply influenced by geographical place and popular traditions. This year, through January 6th, you can see different kind of creches in New York City too.
  • Events: Reports
    P. O.(December 03, 2015)
    Make sure you visit St. Patrick’s this Christmas season. You will see an extraordinary Nativity scene set among the stones of Matera.
  • Filomena Maria Sardella and Luciano Testa
    The exhibit "Nativity in the World/ from Naples to New York" opens up at the Italian Cultural Institute. "The presepe is something new based upon tradition, something new which can create work force today" says the curator -Filomena Maria Sardella- who also stresses the message of hope embedded in this show. For Giuseppe Reale, Director of Museo Arci,"in a city and land so affected by individualism and fragmentation, the presepe, as a choral activity, which can help the reconstruction". The masterpieces of contemporary presepio art will be, along with older ones, on view until January 18. We met Luciano Testa, Master Artisan of the Presepe for the last 25 years
  • "Dire Napoli al mondo"
    The Cardinal of Naples will be in New York this coming January, where he will meet the Italian community, personalities of the cutural and artistic world, academics, scholars, men of faith and laymen alike. His journey is entitled “Dire Napoli” with a slogan: “Don’t shut the door to hope.” Among the most significant moments of Crescenzio Sepe’s stay in New York will be the meeting with Rabbi Schneier and the leaders of the Jewish community, a round table organized by the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute on the problems of human migrations, and a conversation at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò on the representation of Naples in cinema and the media. The visit will be accompanied by a beautiful exhibition of Neapolitan crèche art, which will be inaugurated at the Italian Cultural Institute on Tuesday, December 14 (6:30pm). i-Italy—which will be the official press service for this journey—met Archibishop Sepe in Naples for an exclusive interview about what “telling Naples” to the world means.
  • Mrs. Filomena Maria Sardella illustrates one of the pieces
    i-Italy took a sneak-peak at the upcoming exhibition and had a conversation with Filomena Maria Sardella (curator of the exhibit and part of the Direzione Regionale dei Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici della Regione Campania) about the history and evolution of the presepe. The inauguration will be at the Italian Culture Institute in New York (December 14 at 6 PM)

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