Image 1 of 1
Switzerland. Canton Tessin. Vira Gambarogno. The old town shows an exhibit of various Nativity scenes, illuminated at night for the Christmas holiday season. A Nativity Scene, may be used to describe any depiction of the Nativity of Jesus in art, but in the sense covered here, also called a crib or in North America and France a crèche (meaning "crib" or "manger" in French). It means a three-dimensional folk art depiction of the birth or birthplace of Jesus, either sculpted or using two-dimensional (cut-out) figures arranged in a three-dimensional setting. Christian nativity scenes, in two dimensions (drawings, paintings, icons, etc.) or three (sculpture or other three-dimensional crafts), usually show Jesus in a manger, Joseph and Mary in a barn (or cave.  © 2007 Didier Ruef