The Nativity: from the Origin to the Present Day

The nativity scene is undoubtedly one of the most loved Christmas traditions. For many of us, it is linked to childhood memories and is part of the Christmas decorations in the home. Yet sometimes the nativity scene becomes a real form of artistic expression.

From 3rd December to 11th January (inauguration on the 2nd December), this particular art form will be the protagonist of an exhibition organised by the City of Padua’s Department of Culture with the support of Associazione Cammino ad Oriente and held at the Scuderie in Palazzo Moroni, entitled “Il Presepe: from the Origin to the Present Day” (“The Nativity: scenes from everyday life”).

The exhibition will include dioramas, being three-dimensional representations of scenes and events to scale, enclosed in a box and visible through a special window called a “boccascena”. The dioramas on display are handmade by the Associazione Cammino ad Oriente, which includes nativity scenes from the Veneto, Lombardy and Emilia Romagna regions. The nativity scenes are made of polystyrene enriched with terracotta, wood and resin elements, commissioned by Italian and Spanish sculptors. The nativity scenes are rendered even more magical thanks to a discerning study of the lighting.

Another unique aspect of this exhibition is the type of scenes represented – not the traditional image of the barn with the Holy Family, but a personal reinterpretation of the nativity inserted in contexts rich in details, with the mountains on the background.

The exhibition with free admission will be open every day from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm,  on 26th December and 1st January from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm  (closed on 25th December). For information, please contact, or visit the Gruppo Presepistico Cammino ad Oriente‘s Facebook page).


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