The doll hospital in Naples

Mar 31, 2015 822

Dolls are often sad. The people working in the Doll Hospital in Naples know it well: day in and day out, "doctors" here diagnose young and old patients made in wood, papier-mâché, porcelain and plastic. Along these crowded hallways, working-class puppets and aristocratic 'pupi' are all treated the same, and precious Lenci ceramic dolls receive the same attention and care as popular tin dolls from the city's poorest homes.

The Doll Hospital in Spaccanapoli, at the heart of the city, opened in the late 1800s. It was founded by Luigi Grassi, a set designer for both full-size and puppet theaters, who also fixed marionettes... until, one day, a woman walked into his workshop begging him to repair her child's broken doll.

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