The Nativity

Gospel of St. Luke, Chapter 2

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.


            With these words by Luke, Christians, and others have come to know and celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. In 1223, St. Francis of Assisi sought to teach the humble peasants about the Lord Jesus Christ, and his marvelous birth. Staged in a cave near Greccio in central Italy, St. Francis used common people with their farm animals to portray the marvelous event that since the meridian of times, time has been measured. Soon it became obligatory that every church in Italy had a nativity scene or presepio to celebrate the holy occasion. The custom spread throughout Europe, with every nation adapting the Nativity scene to its own culture and clime. Yet, still today, the traditional Italian Nativity Scene reigns supreme.

            Valeriano Ugolini, who was born a bit more than three hundred miles to the north of Greccio, lived the traditional Italian Nativity experience, from his birth in humble surroundings in northern Italy to his six-year stay in Rome, the heart of Christendom. With Ugolini Fine Art, Valeriano wishes to bring the joy, splendor, and creativity of these beautiful uniquely designed, handmade, original scenes to showcase, at remarkable prices, your favorite nativity scene. Or if you prefer, feel free to choose one from our current selection.