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The First Presepe by Arnolfo di Cambio

In honour of the great sculptor Arnolfo di Cambio, who was born in Colle val d'Elsa, the winning entries in a presepe competition are displayed under the loggias of the piazza that bears his name. In 1291, in fact, it was Arnolfo di Cambio whom Pope Nicholas IV (1288-92), wanting to pay homage to the presepe (nativity scene) in Greccio, commissioned to sculpt the first animated one. This unique work is kept inside the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Roma.

Sources: museoliberiano.net; comune.colle-di-val-d-elsa.si.it

GENERAL INFO
Date / period
From 8 December to 6 January
Address
Piazza Arnolfo di Cambio, 13,8, 53034 Colle di Val d'Elsa SI, Italia
Municipality
Colle Val d'Elsa (SI)
GPS coordinates
43.422809,11.126977
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