The Italian Presepio: From St. Francis to Casa Belvedere

Nov 30, 2022 270

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere annually displays the Solidarity Creche, a gift by the Naples (Italy) Chamber of Commerce to the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) following the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Il Presepio Della Solidarieta, an exquisite, artisanal exhibit of museum quality that tells a heartfelt story, is protected in a glass case on the front portico for all to see. 

In the massive tableau, the Three Kings – instead of bringing gifts of gold, incense and myrrh – present Baby Jesus with three New York City firefighters’ helmets with the numbers 9, 11, and 01. The handcrafted work of art was created by master artisans of the Campania Region of Italy with techniques that date back to the 17th century. 

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