Saturday, January 10, 2009

Presepe (Manger scenes)

One of the things that they do in Italy around Christmas is have manger scene contests. Local artists ranging from school kids to adults create manger scenes called "Presepe". They encompass all different types of materials including everything from mother of pearl to newsprint to wrought iron. Each one is unique and often displays local scenery or Sicilian life. Many have small lights and moving parts, and are very intricate in detail. We were able to visit a display in Trabia, a nearby town, and also one at a local church that is only open during Christmas. We took pictures of some of our favorites.
(Photos include: Clay water jar scene, African inspired, painting with a local bridge in the background, metal work madonna and child, and a blacksmith's scene.