World Nativity Traditions



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Creation Date

20th century


clay, iron

Exhibition Label

The artist, marked by Focolare spirituality--he lives in Loppiano near Florence--is an adept of "arte povera" or innocent art. He creates beauty from ordinary things, mostly scraps of metal and wood. At one time inspired by Picasso and Duchamp, he uses the forgotten things of culture to celebrate the poetry of everyday reality. Ciro's art gives voice not only to what seems ordinary, it wants to be a school of the eye purifying the way we look at things we take for granted. According to Cipollone the pure or innocent look discovers beauty--and beauty, the "poor beauty"--will lead to the rich depth of the spirit/Spirit. This may all sound like a wistful program. Long ago, in the Incarnation it became reality, Authentic "arte povera."


Iron and clay sculpture depicting the Holy Family (Jesus, Mary , and Joseph), created by Roberto Cipollone in Italy sometime in the 20th century. Exhibition label originally written by Fr. Johann G. Roten, S.M. for exhibit entitled "At The Manger" and held at Roesch Library, University of Dayton.


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crèches, nativity scenes, nativities, At the Manger, figurines, Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary, Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, ironwork, Italy

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