Dec. 11, 2010 – Jan. 9, 2011
Otranto – Italy
Grottaglie has been a hot spot for pottery making in Italy since the Middle Ages thanks to its distinctive style and its varied shapes.
The production of Nativity scenes made of painted terracotta started in the 19th century. The figurines were very small: shepherds, angels, the three Kings, Mary, Joseph and Jesus being the key miniature characters of a tiny yet detailed landscape.
At the end of the 19th century the Nativity scenes made in Grottaglie were so popular that many pottery makers specialized in this peculiar art, making celebrated masterpieces. The most famous artists were Petraroli, Manigrasso, Micera, Esposito, Peluso.
Generation after generation the Christian nativity scenes have evolved, interpreting social changes, artistic trends and the style and sensibility of their makers.
The fourteen prize winner scenes featured in this exhibition offer an excellent overview on the state of the art of this charming production in Grottaglie.
L’Arte del Presepe nelle Ceramiche di Grottaglie
Castello Aragonese, Otranto