A classic Italian presepio, or nativity scene, made of dainty figurines sits in the grand Hall of Architecture on a table as part of a holiday display.

Installation view of Neapolitan presepio, 1700–1830, Carnegie Museum of Art. Photo: Bryan Conley

Carnegie Trees and Neapolitan Presepio, 2019

Hall of Architecture

Kick off the season with a visit to this popular holiday display, brought to you by the Carnegie Museum of Art Women’s Committee. This year, the Women’s Committee takes inspiration from favorite works in the collection for the trees’ decoration.

See the Hall of Architecture filled with towering evergreens, each adorned with handcrafted ornaments from committee members and collaborating organizations. The trees flank the museum’s exquisite 18th-century Neapolitan presepio, or Nativity scene, and together form a cherished Pittsburgh holiday tradition. Handcrafted between 1700 and 1830, the presepio is filled with lifelike figures and colorful details that re-create the Nativity within a vibrant and detailed panorama of 18th-century Italian village life.

About the Women’s Committee, Carnegie Museum of Art

Founded in 1957, the Women’s Committee, Carnegie Museum of Art is dedicated to furthering the interests of Carnegie Museum of Art and promoting its cultural and educational value in the community. Since its inception, the Women’s Committee has funded the purchase of art for the collections, contributed to the museum’s infrastructure and gallery renovations, and participated as a major donor in museum endowment and capital campaigns. The Women’s Committee operates as an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation registered with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.