DescriptionThe Metropolitan Museum’s Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche showcases our collection of beautiful eighteenth-century crèche figures. Our gracious ornament is based on an original angel from this vivid Neapolitan Nativity scene.
Cast resin. Hand painted. Includes a white ribbon for hanging. Gift boxed. 4 1/2''H x 2 3/4''W x 2 1/2''D.
- Cast resin
- Hand painted
- Includes a white ribbon for hanging
- Gift boxed
- 4 1/2''H x 2 3/4''W x 2 1/2''D
Art HistoryThe crafting of Christmas crèches originated as a devotional practice in Europe in the Middle Ages. The custom of creating large crèches with a multitude of figures was already well established in Naples when Charles III of Bourbon became king in 1734. During his reign, Christmas crèches became increasingly elaborate; hundreds of figures and innovations were added, and the most gifted sculptors of Naples lent their talents to the task.