Arts Holiday Italy is excited to welcome Carlo Rossi, a local watercolourist from Anghiari, who will be leading some of the painting workshops with our guests in 2017. His work in watercolours on canvas creates atmospheric, sensitive images of the local area. After a recent local gallery event, I popped in to his home to look at his Presepio, a traditional Italian nativity scene, that Carlo creates every Christmas with his partner who is a keen sculptor.
A little background into the history of the Presepio tells us that it was actually created by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1224. Remembering a trip he had taken to Bethlehem, he decided to replicate the manger scene in the hilltop town of Greccio where he worked alongside his friend Giovanni Vellita to create the manger in a cave. People arrived to see the Presepio by torch light from all over the area climbing up to see this novel way of portraying the birth of Christ. It was so successful that it spread throughout Italy and is still kept very much alive as a Christian tradition today especially in Naples.
Carlo Rossi`s version of the Presepio has been inspired by the views over the Valtiberina Valley and geometric, architectural arches that Piero Della Francesca created in many of his paintings. Carlo and his partner have bought together their combined skills to produce an installation that brings together both modern and traditional materials and techniques to create a Presepio that is made with lots of love and is quite simply beautiful.
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Antonella Edwards (founder @ Arts Holiday Italy)
At Arts Holiday Italy we are passionate about teaching painting and drawing to beginners and intermediates as well as working with established artists who wish to come and be with other creatives painting in Italy Please feel free to comment. Thanks, Antonella.