sábado, 19 de diciembre de 2015

Christmas traditions VI: Nativity crib

The original nativity scenes were live re-enactments of the birth of Jesus, with actors and real animals. St Francis of Assisi is believed to have organised the first full nativity in the 12th century. In medieval times, the enactments were sponsored by churches, and actors were picked based on how closely they resembled who was being represented.

The first sculpted and painted scenes started in around the 16th century, when wealthy churches starting commissioning artists to decorate inside their buildings.

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