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  • Handmade nativity scene by Fonantini

    How Fontanini Became the Most Famous Nativity Sets in the World

    If you grew up with a nativity set in your home that was a family heirloom, chances are pretty good that is was a Fontanini Nativity set. The Fontanini tradition dates back to the late 1800s when company founder Emanuele Fontanini began creating crèche figures in the little town of Bagni di Lucca located in

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  • Sarcophagus with adoration of magi

    The Art of the Nativity: Sculpture and Carvings

    “And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” – Luke 2:7 Since the early 4th century, artists have attempted to capture the wondrous night of Jesus’ birth. Prior to that time early Christians focused

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