Lactating fountains of Italy

Often considered a funny attraction, lactating nereids, sirens and godesses were in fact a manifestation of the high Mannerist style, popular in Italy in the 16th century. This visual tradition of representing Nature as a lactating woman or hyperbolically breasted women … Continue reading

Living nativity scenes in Italy (Live Christmas crèches)

(updated december 2013)   Many towns in Italy celebrate the centuries-old Italian tradition of Christmas crèches with traditional wooden or ceramic statues, but some villages are so keen on the tradition that the roles are performed by local people. The … Continue reading