The Neapolitan crib tradition

The Neapolitan crib tradition

 

Totò la maschera di Napoli

Totò la maschera di Napoli

The Neapolitan crib shows the deep religious sense of Neapolitans.The crib goes back as fas as Saint Francis’ age but it was in Naples that this ancient tradition of remembering Christmnas rituals found fertile grounds, and more artistic forms.The best cribs were probably made during the 1700th century ( famouse the Cuciniello Crib in the Carthusian Monastery of San Martino, up in the Vomero hill ) but today’s craftmen have enriched the tradition by creating, not only figurines for nativity scenes, but also using them to depict, in a satyrical way, personalities of the star-system: actors,musicians,politicians,footballers, etc.But figurines remain , above all,the representation of everyday people moving, yesterday like today, towards the Baby Jeasus just born in the thatched hut.A move which is highly emotional, willing to persue purity and good sentiments in everybody’s life.This is the reason why cribs are still assembled at home, to keep the faith intimate and familiar, a way to share it in a simple, visual way along Christmas celebrations, traditional meals and drinks.

It is a pleasure to show here the crib of a Neapolitan artist and former painter AnnaMaria Iadanza.Her crib was entirely hand made at home and it took 2 years to bring it to completion.
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