ON DEMAND • Celebrating the Neapolitan Presepio


Celebrating the Neapolitan Presepio
A Christmas Tradition in the Italian American Community
by Anita Sanseverino & Lou Barrella

Get ready to begin the Holy Day Season at Casa Belvedere!

Explore the origins of the Neapolitan Presepio tradition and its endurance by talented artisans who create this art form, both of old and of today. This lecture and video presentation will feature photos taken in the shops of Via San Gregorio Armeno in Naples, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in churches and homes throughout the metropolitan area. They portray a variety of expression that keeps the Presepio a vibrant symbol of Christmas. Appropriate music sung by Renata Tebaldi, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, among others, will enhance your visual enjoyment.



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About the Speakers:

Louis Barrella received his M.A. in Music Education from Brooklyn College in 1975 and has promoted music, opera and Italian culture for 50 years, making numerous presentations at colleges, museums and cultural institutions, including Casa Belvedere. In 2003, he received the Dr. Leonard Covello Lifetime Achievement Award from The Italian Teachers’ Association for his outstanding contributions to Italian culture.


Anita Sanseverino is an award-winning photographer dedicated to the subject of Italy. Her photographs uniquely capture the beauty, emotion, and character of the country’s landscapes, cities, villages, and cultural traditions. In addition to exhibiting her photographs of Italy, Ms. Sanseverino’s work has expanded to include lecturing about her diverse photographic series. Her lectures offer a broad historical knowledge of traditions and images and provide a wealth of insight about the political, cultural, social, and economic history that has shaped the country of her heritage.


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Members Free, Non-Member $10, Non-Member $15, Non-Member $20


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