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Cappella del Presepio
Santa Maria d'Aracoeli Presepe
Christmas Day
Rome, 2012

The life-size Mary and Joseph are attributed to Neapolitan sculptor Giacomo Colombo (b. 1663). The carved shepherds are by Luigi Ceccon, c.1858. The three-dimensional Gloria in the background, created in 1828 by Franciscan Father Francis Codogno, follows in the tradition of the Baroque Glorias, where painting and sculpture unite. The most famous Gloria is Bernini’s 1676 Gloria in the Apse of St Peter’s.