On the Cover: The World's Oldest Nativity Scene

The underground Chapel of the Nativity in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, known to Italians as Santa Maria Maggiore, once contained at least six marble nativity statues sculpted by Arnolfo di Cambio in the late 13th century. 

Arnolfo di Cambio, an Italian architect and sculptor, was born in Colle Val d'Elsa, Tuscany. He was Nicola Pisano’s chief assistant on the marble Siena Cathedral Pulpit for the Duomo in Siena Cathedral (1265–1268). During the late 1200s, he worked on the presepio of Santa Maria Maggiore, on Santa Maria in Aracoeli, on the monument of Pope Boniface VIII (1300), and


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