Carotenuto’s Painted Presepe

December 17, 2010 / Art & Archaeology
Salerno, Campania
If you are passing the Duomo (cathedral) in Salerno, look out for two angels above the doorway to the Sala San Lazzaro. Let them draw you in – into a unique experience.

The artist Mario Carotenuto has created an unusual presepe (Christmas nativity scene) very different in character from those traditional Neapolitan tableaux of small figures. Here 157 life-sized cut out figures are displayed in a warm glow of lighting which enhances their power and casts dramatic shadows upon the walls.

Everyday domestic scenes morph into the sacred; figures from Salerno’s political and artistic life are reproduced and stand silently with shepherds, angels and kings in tribute to the holy child.

Every visitor leaves smiling or thoughtful – moved by the humanity, humour and sheer devotion of the artist. A splendid achievement from Signor Carotenuto.

Penny Ewles-Bergeron

by Penny Ewles-Bergeron

Author, artist… celebrating the many good things in Naples.

7 Responses to “Carotenuto’s Painted Presepe”

  1. Anne Robichaud

    Enjoyed your piece and what a unique and lovely “presepe”.
    You also reminded me that it’s time for a return visit to Salerno: have not been in years!
    Ah, Italy the “land of the endless discoveries”!

  2. giovanni martino

    Vi aspetto al Presepe Dipinto di Mario Carotenuto opened ore 10.00 / 13.00 – 16.00 / 21.00


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