Gary and I are members of the Carnegie Museums in Pittsburgh. As a welcome for joining, we enjoyed a night viewing the Presepio that is on display each year at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Knowing absolutely nothing about the Presepio, I was stunned at the intricate workmanship and artistry of this amazing scene that actually details a marketplace as it might have appeared when Jesus was born and the adjoining manger scene of his birth. As I understand from the presenter, the pieces were made in Italy and Pittsburgh has the second largest Presepio behind New York City's Museum of Art. In fact, we have pieces that neither Naples or New York has on display and vice versa. Imagine if all of them were shared and combined!
Anyway, I took several pictures and wanted to share them with my readers. Of course, photographs do not do these pieces justice, but hopefully you will be able to enjoy or perhaps be able to capture the essence of what was seen. I took a video, but was unable to get it uploaded to this site. (Should have taken many more pictures!)
Merry Christmas, friends!
For a bit more detail:
A Presepio is: A crib; a model of the manger in which Jesus was laid.
OriginMid 18th century; earliest use found in Mary Wortley Montagu (bap. 1689, d. 1762), writer. Partly from Italian presepio stall, manger, especially the one in which Jesus was laid, nativity scene from classical Latin praesaepium, later variant of praesaepe, and partly from Italian presepe stall, manger, especially the one in which Jesus was laid, nativity scene from classical Latin praesaepe.