Today's Art and Beauty Tuesday is all about the Neapolitan Creche a craft turned high art in Baroque Naples, Italy. The three dimensional figures are hand sculpted from terracotta, painted and "dressed" with luxurious fabrics.
Details in the manger scenes include local scenes such as butchers, shoe makers and fruit sellers.
You can see these in the U.S. at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, St. John the Evangelist Cathedral Museum in Louisiana, the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Connecticut, and at St. John oantius Parish in Chicago.
You can find out more information on these beautiful works of art by visiting Napoli Unplugged.