Visiting "The Secret Garden of Southern Italy"

Dec 18, 2015 774

By Giovanni di Napoli

Do to the unseasonably warm weather in New York City, it doesn't quite feel like Christmas yet. So, to help me get into the Christmas spirit, I recently visited St. Patrick's Cathedral on 5th Avenue to see the presepio (crèche) on loan from Basilacata called "The Secret Garden of Southern Italy."

Installed on December 8, 2015, Franco Artese's monumental Nativity Scene will only be on view until January 6, 2016. Inspired by the cultural landscape of Mr. Artese's native Basilicata—particularly the Sassi di Matera—the terracotta figures, dressed in period clothing, give us a brief glimpse of our past with scenes of everyday life from 1930's Lucania.

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