History of the Crèche
November 19 @ 2:05 pm - 3:00 pm
Presenter: Patty Heringer The earliest representation of The Nativity is a fresco in the catacombs of St. Priscilla from the 2nd century, C.E., followed by representations in stained glass, mosaics, paintings, and other art works. The idea of presenting a tableau is credited to St. Francis of Assisi in 1223, who had received permission from Pope Honorious III to set up a manger with hay and two live animals in a cave in the Italian village of Grecio. The villagers were invited to view the scene while he preached about the birth of Christ. Subsequent centuries have resulted in the crafting of uncountable representations of the birth that reflect cultural interpretations and customs, and whimsey, some of which have continued to be met with controversy.