The usual appointment with the Nativity at Palazzo Marino this year offers a show that enhances one of the most popular traditions of our country: the “courtly” nativity scene.
From 6 December 2019 to 6 January 2020, in fact, the Courtyard of Honor of Palazzo Marino houses a crib coming directly from Naples, created by the Associazione Italiana Amici del Presepio of the city.
A “courtly” nativity scene, which belongs to the eighteenth-century tradition that wanted the scenes built sometimes occupying more rooms in noble palaces. All this is represented today in small wood, cork and stucco, with the representation of the three typical scenes of the Neapolitan crib: the nativity, the announcement to the shepherds and the tavern.
Scenes of popular life with over sixty characters were represented, unique handmade pieces with the body in wire and oakum, heads, hands and feet in terracotta or wood painted by hand, glass eyes, dressed in fine fabrics embroidered by hand. The scenes are enriched with polychrome terracotta animals, small wooden, metal, porcelain, hand-painted majolica, terracotta, baskets with waxes and musical instruments typical of the time.