Miniatures by Maria Rosaria Pirozzi. Little masterpieces of Neapolitan tradition.

 Maria Rosaria Pirozzi MiniaturesBuilding a presepe (crib) can be a long and demanding job. Traditionally, grandfathers build them with their grandchildren, dads with their own children. But, in reality, everyone can make a presepe.

It can be made with cork, polystyrene but also with wood, bark and cardboard. We start from the background that must wrap around the two sides of the crib, to continue with the structure, the creation of the spaces and then with the construction of the arches and caves. Finally we move on to the decoration of the spaces and lighting.

The presepe represents the sacred and the profane together. It’s just like Napoli. It is the representation of our reality. As the artist Maria Rosaria says The Neapolitan crib gives vent to our natural theatricality. To give an even more realistic result to each scene of our crib, the miniatures are essential. They are small objects such as daily work tools, kitchen accessories, tavern accessories, foods of all kinds, wooden baskets and crates, furniture, doors, windows, railings and then glass miniatures such as glasses, vases, bottles, provisions of every gender and everyday objects. The miniatures of the presepe are chosen in proportion to the height of its figurines and belong to the last phase of the creation of the presepe. They complete and refine the creation of the project.

pomodori ©Maria Rosaria Pirozzi
©Maria Rosaria Pirozzi

Since Maria Rosaria started building (presepi) cribs and modeling miniatures with wax, she has become a point of reference for artisans and presepi builders. Maria Rosaria’ works have been exhibited throughout Italy and she has been very busy participating in courses and updates and refining her methods and different techniques. This year she could not devote much time to the creation of her famous presepi because the excessive demand for her wax miniatures. To get an idea of those gorgeous little ones, take a look at the photos and check out her social page. You will be amazed!

©Maria Rosaria Pirozzi
©Maria Rosaria Pirozzi

FCBK-Presepi e miniature in cera di Pirozzi Maria Rosaria

©Maria Rosaria Pirozzi
©Maria Rosaria Pirozzi
©Maria Rosaria Pirozzi
©Maria Rosaria Pirozzi