DescriptionThe Metropolitan Museum of Art's Christmas Tree with Neapolitan crèche figures evokes the splendor, mystery, and humanity of the Yuletide season. Now you can bring this joyful tradition into your home with the Museum's triptych-style pop-up Advent calendar. The beloved angels and other figures are revealed in detail when you open the Advent calendar's 24 die-cut windows, which contain fascinating descriptions of the Museum's tree and the crèche tradition.
- 24 color pop-ups
- 13 3/4'' x 23 5/8'' when open
Art HistoryThe Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at The Metropolitan Museum of Art are a long-established yuletide tradition in New York. The annual Christmas display is the result of the generosity, enthusiasm, and dedication of the late Loretta Hines Howard, who began collecting crèche figures in 1925 and soon after conceived the idea of combining the Roman Catholic custom of elaborate Nativity scenes with the tradition of decorated Christmas trees that had developed among the largely Protestant people of Northern Europe. More than two hundred eighteenth-century Neapolitan crèche figures were given to the Museum by Howard starting in 1964, and have been displayed each holiday season for more than forty years. Glowing with light, the towering tree is adorned with cherubs and some fifty gracefully suspended angels.