A person leans over a number of miniature figures and points at an angel suspended in the air.

Still from Carnegie Museum of Art’s Neapolitan presepio, 2012, digital video (color, sound), 6:49 min, 2012

Art Chat: Neapolitan Presepio

Scaife Galleries


Experience the Neapolitan Presepio through the eyes of Neapolitan artisans and collectors during a drop-in Art Chat with one of our esteemed docents. Art Chats are available on a drop-in basis and will take place in the galleries from November 20 to January 9 at the following times:

  • Thursdays: 6–7:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10:30 a.m.–noon and 1–2:30 p.m.
  • Sundays: 10:30 a.m.–noon and 1–2:30 p.m.

No registration is required, Art Chats are free with museum admission.

About the Neapolitan presepio

The Presepio, a centuries-old tradition in Naples and southern Italy, is an elaborate Nativity scene recreated with miniature figures arranged in a detailed panorama of 18th-century Italian village life. Handmade by artists between 1700 and 1830, Carnegie Museum of Art’s vibrant Neapolitan Presepio, one of the finest examples of its kind, features more than 100 superbly modeled human, animal, and angelic figures, accessories, and architectural elements. A visit to the presepio has been a cherished holiday tradition for many visitors since 1957.


Video Preview

Neapolitan Presepio at Carnegie Museum of Art, videography: Tom Fisher.


Together This Season

This year, visitors are invited to celebrate together this season at Carnegie Museum of Art! Make the museum your backdrop with Friends and Family Photoshoot, create a handmade gift inspired by art and enjoy holiday treats during Gift-Making Workshops, celebrate the end of the year with your team during one of our Out of Office Parties, and delight in live musical performances every Saturday from November 27 through December 18 during Sounds for the Season.


Health & Safety

The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority. Read our health and safety protocols to learn more about the steps we are taking to ensure the health of everyone at the museum.