Il Presepe Napoletano – The Neapolitan Crèche

The word presepe comes from Latin “praesaepe” and means mangiatoia (manger). The Italian tradition of the presepe originates with St. Francis of Assisi, who  in 1223, in Greggio (Umbria), for the first time represented the Nativity with a live scene. The  first sculptural representation of the Italian Nativity scene is from the late '200, when it only included eight figures, Madonna, Giuseppe, Bambino …

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