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The Art School

By at May 16, 2013 | 3:39 pm | 3 Comments

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It has taken me a long time to write this post. A very long time. It must have been two months ago, or more even, when I visited "this school." My research materials and brochures, tape recordings, photos, and recollections; they have all sat there, day in and day out, mocking me. Daring me to try to put into words that which I could never hope to express. Challenging me

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The Glove Maker: Mauro Squillace

By at May 9, 2013 | 8:59 am | 0 Comment

Mauro The Glove Maker

On the top floor of an 18th century palazzo, Mauro Squillace runs the internationally renowned glove business, Omega srl Guanti. Fifty years ago, small glove shops filled the Sanità district in downtown Naples, but organised crime and large manufacturers from China and the Philippines drove most of them out of business. Mauro, on the other hand, took over his family

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In Search of the Neapolitan Presepe

By at December 11, 2012 | 2:01 pm | 0 Comment

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It's that time of year again when I go in search of the Neapolitan Creche and the Art of the Presepio. An age old tradition, already, scores of Neapolitan Presepe collections have been erected and are on display all over the city. From the traditional to the contemporary, the sacred to the profane, inanimate to living, and life-sized to micro miniatures,

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A Visit with Luigi Mazzella

By at April 19, 2012 | 12:17 pm | 0 Comment

Americas Cup may be over, but there are still more stories to tell. I suspect there will be for a long time to come yet. Some stories have been yelling out from the rafters. Others have been mere whispers. Some, may never be told. As I was being pulled in 20 different directions with events to attend, pictures to take, news to keep up with, and posts to write I was

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Naples Christmas Alley – Via San Gregorio Armeno

By at December 9, 2011 | 2:07 pm | 0 Comment

Via San Gregorio Armeno

It's hard to believe it's already the second week of December. Only 16 more shopping days until Christmas. The tree isn't decorated yet and not a gift has been bought, but I had to take time out this week to visit my very favorite place in Napoli during the Christmas season, Via San Gregorio Armeno. Christmas Alley as it is known, it is the undisputed world capital of the

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The Neapolitan Creche – The Art of the Presepio

By at December 3, 2010 | 8:42 am | 0 Comment

Neapolitan Creche Figurine

Every piece is a masterpiece. Finely crafted miniature works of art, the entire range of emotions spring from the faces, the eyes and the gestures of these spectacular miniature replicas of Neapolitan life. Each piece capturing a part of the Neapolitan spirit, each scene recording 18th century life in Naples. A traditional craft that is said to date back to Saint

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