December 11, 2013

Neapolitan Glory: Baroque Presepio at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Angel Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
I never tire of visiting the Neapolitan presepio at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; it is one of my favorite Christmas rituals. In the beginning of the tradition such grandiose displays were arranged by the nobility and the church for the public to view, only later did the populace begin to recreate them in their own homes. Seeing such a grand exhibit at the MET seemed to me akin to viewing it at a palace or cathedral, as in the times of old.