Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery College of the Holy Cross
Lecture: September 25, 2014
Rachel Delphia is the Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.
About the Talk: In 1956, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, acquired a major Neapolitan nativity scene, or presepio, from the famed collection of Eugenio Catello. This elaborate 250-square-foot installation comprised a half dozen buildings and over 100 human, angelic, and animal figures dating from c. 1700 to 1830. Using the Carnegie’s nativity as a case study, curator Rachel Delphia discusses the development of this unique tradition and raises questions of conservation and authenticity which are central to contemporary presentations.
The talk was held in conjunction with the Cantor Art Gallery's fall 2014 exhibition of "The Italian Presepe: Cultural Landscapes of the Soul".