November 20, 2012

The Westchester Italian Cultural Center Presents La Storia del Natale, Presepio Napoletano

Cart with riders from Reggia di Caserta
(Photo by New York Scugnizzo, not part of the exhibit)
Monday, December 3, 2012 (6:30 PM)

Professor Giuseppe Spedaliere presents la Storia del Natale on the occasion of the Opening of Presepio Napoletano. The growth and evolution of this holy day will be traced from the earliest Christian times to modern day. Join us in commemorating those religius and culinar traditions which define this darkest and coldest of seasons as one of the warmest, most endearing moments of the Italian holiday calendar.

Registration Fees: Members $10, Non-Members $20
Registration Details: Must register in advance and prepay.

Exhibit opens Tuesday, December 4, 2012 through Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Nativity scenes are very popular in Italy and are generally found in every household during the holiday season. The nativity originated in Italy in the 13th century when Saint Francis of Assisi asked Giovanni Vellita from the Village of Greccio to create a manger scene. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the nativity was turned into an art form in Naples and included representation of daily life in Naples at that time.

Today many artisans are dedicated to the craft of creating handmade figures for presepi. Presepio Napoletano represents our rich cultural and spiritual traditions. It portrays a bustling village located at the base of Mount Vesuvius. The landscape is handcrafted in wood, cork and paper mache. The figures are made of terra cotta, hemp and wire many of which stand more than a foot tall.

Suggested donation: adults $12, children 18 years of age and under and seniors $6

Westchester Italian Cultural Center
One Generoso Pope Place
(24 Depot Square for GPS and MapQuest)
Tuckahoe, New York 10707
For more information or to schedule a guided tour or group visit please call (914) 771-8700

Tuesday through Friday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Hours subject to change
Reprinted from the Westchester Italian Cultural Center event calendar