December 26, 2017

The Presepe Napoletano at the Italian American Museum

John Miniero with his outdoor presepio in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn
Thursday, December 28th @ 6:30pm—8:00pm

Italian American Museum
155 Mulberry Street
New York, NT 10013

Talk and dvd based photo presentation on "The Presepe Napoletano" by Anita Sanseverino and Lou Barella at the Italian American Museum on Thursday, December 28 at 6:30PM. The evening's program will feature a special unveiling of the Presepe Napoletano (Neapolitan Style Nativity Scene) made by artist John Miniero.

About the presentation:
The Presepe Napoletano is more than a Nativity scene! It is a unique art form which combines the birth of Christ with the daily life of the people of Naples. This art form places Naples at the center of the monumental event of the birth of Christ! The art of the presepe reached its pinnacle in 18th century Naples but still continues today.

Come and learn the history of this art form and appreciate the detailed re-creation of the traditional presepe as crafted by local artist John Miniero. The presepe he created for Anita will be displayed and you will be able to meet the artist as well.

About John Miniero:
John Miniero is a very special Brooklynite, who displays an extraordinary Neapolitan Presepe outside his home in Dyker Heights/Bensonhurst every Christmas season.

John was born in Sorrento and immigrated to America in 1957 when he was just 12 years old. He served in the United States Army from 1962-64 and was a baker who owned the Sorrento Bakery for 28 years, from 1984-2002.

After that, he was a cake decorator, and finally retired this year.

John has been fascinated with the presepe since childhood and remembers his father making the landscape "home-style" using brown paper, flour and water, supporting it with fig tree branches. When he began creating his own presepe, he displayed it in the store window of his bakery. After selling the business, John started building a new presepe at home. It has grown to 15 feet across and is mounted in a plexi-glass display case outside his home. Among the unique features are a landscape made of the raw bark of the cork tree, authentic-looking houses of the Campania region of Italy, multiple sections of running water and hundreds of paesani.

Come and learn about the history of this important Neapolitan artistic tradition, and see John's artistry in person!

For reservations call the Museum at 212.965.9000, send an email to or fax 347.810.1028. Light refreshments will be served. Suggested donation of $10 per person.