45 DOAS : 22.12.2013

STARTED on the 16th of November 2013, I – Divvya Nirula, brought you “45 DAYS OF ART STORIES” the Below Post was first Published on 22.12.2013

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Place : Roma, Italy

Time: Constructed in 5CE

Medium : With Mosaics that are over 1500 years old

Comment: Could this be the first nativity scene depicted in Art?

The “Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore” in Rome could possibly be the site for the first nativity scene represented in art. Amongst the detailed and astonishingly intricate mosaics that decorate the triumphal arch, I have selected the few that caught my attention.

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My Inspiration : The Nativity Scene is at the centre of all Catholic Christmas traditions. Keeping with the mood of the festival and waiting the arrival of Baby Jesus, I looked at my travel diaries and found the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, in Roma, Italy. It was perfection!

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