On Dec. 2 the Italian Cultural Society and Italians in DC sponsored a special presentation by the author of a book dedicated to the centuries-old tradition of the Neapolitan nativity scenes and painting.
18th-century Neapolitan Nativity Scenes and Painting: The Still Life;
Il presepe napoletano del ‘700 e la pittura. La natura morta
By Gherardo Noce Benigni Olivieri
with versions in both Italian and English,
We were fortunate to have Dr. Noce visiting Washington, DC to present his book and share with us his passion and knowledge about this unique Italian tradition. His book explores the often overlooked relation between the painting tradition of the 17th and 18th centuries, especially in Naples, and the 18th-century Neapolitan nativity scenes. In particular, there is an impressive resemblance between the sill life in the paintings of that time and the nativity scenes. The book is rich in images that highlight the deep connection between art on canvas and in miniatures, as shown during his presentation.
Gherardo Noce Benigni Olivieri
Dr. Noce is an art expert and collector who is considered a point of reference for Italian and international collectors and lovers of the Neapolitan nativity scenes. He is a passionate collector of Neapolitan nativity scene shepards from the 18th century. His private gallery in Rome is open to all those who wish to visit it. Dr. Noce has published several books on the subject and previously owned an antique gallery in Rome. He also worked in sales and marketing for several multinationals and has a degree in Political Science from the University La Sapienza of Rome.
Both versions of the book will be available for viewing and purchase the the ICS office in the next few weeks, and might just make a nice present for the special Italian someone in your life!