A young girl in a velvet dress looks at an ornate nativity scene.

Neapolitan presepio, ca. 1700-1830, Carnegie Museum of Art. Photo: Tom Little

Art Chat: Presepio

Hall of Architecture

Free with admission


Want to know about our Italian nativity scene, the presepio? Ask an expert! We have docents ready to answer your questions every day from 1–3 p.m.

A visit to Carnegie Museum of Art’s Neapolitan presepio, one of the finest Nativity scenes of its kind, has been a Pittsburgh holiday tradition since 1957. See the Nativity through the eyes of Neapolitan artisans and collectors. Handcrafted between 1700 and 1830, the presepio teems with lifelike figures of humans, angels, and animals, as well as detailed architectural elements. The models are arranged to re-create the Nativity within a vibrant and detailed panorama of 18th-century Italian village life.